Marianne LeGreco, Ph.D.

Marianne LeGreco, Ph.D.

Professor, Graduate Program Director
110 Ferguson Building

Specializations: Health Communication, Research Methods, Food Policy


  • Ph.D., Arizona State University, 2007
  • M.A., Arizona State University, 2002
  • B.S., Bradley University, 2000

Scholarly Interests

Health and organizational communication, food policy, community engagement, and discourse analysis.

Courses Taught

  • CST 200: Communication and Community
  • CST 308: Organizational Communication
  • CST 408: Health Communication
  • CST 460: Food, Culture, and Communication
  • CST 460: Food Documentaries
  • CST 589: Communication and Health Innovation
  • CST 602: Research Methods in Communication
  • CST 612: Communicating Health & Science
  • ENV 110: Introduction to Sustainability Studies
  • HSS 208: Food Documentaries
  • HSS 300: Honors College Food Policy Think Tank

Recent Research & Publications

Presentations & Talks

Building Vibrant Food Systems for the 2014 TEDxGreensboro

Vibrant Food Systems Redux for the 2015 TEDxGreensboro


Eisenberg, E., Trethewey, A., LeGreco, M., & Goodall, H.L. (2016) Organizational Communication: Balancing Creativity and Constraint (8th edition). New York: Bedford/St. Martin’s.

Journal Articles

LeGreco, M. & Douglas, N. (2017). Everybody eats: Carrying and disrupting narratives of food (in)security. Management Communication Quarterly. Retrieved from

LeGreco, M. (2012). Working with policy: Restructuring healthy eating practices and the Circuit of Policy Communication. Journal of Applied Communication Research, 40, 44-64.

LeGreco, M. & Canary, H. E. (2011). Enacting sustainable school-based healthcare: A communication-centered approach to policy and practice.  American Journal of Public Health, 101, 431-437.

LeGreco, M. & Leonard, D. (2011). Building sustainable community-based food programs: Cautionary tales from The GardenEnvironmental Communication, 5, 356-362.

LeGreco, M. & Tracy, S.J. (2009).  Discourse tracing as qualitative practice. Qualitative Inquiry, 15, 1516-1543.

Book Chapters

LeGreco, M., Ferrier, M., & Leonard, D. (2015). Further down the virtual vines: Managing community-based work in virtual public spaces. In M. Mervio (Ed.) Management and Participation in the Public Sphere (pp. 147-160). Hershey, PA: IGI Global.

LeGreco, M. (2014). Discourse analysis. In J. Mills & M. Birks (Eds). Qualitative methodology: A practical guide(pp. 66-87). London: Sage.

LeGreco, M., Shaw, D., & Greene, S. (2014). Healthy eating on a budget: Negotiating tensions between two discourses. In T. A. Conroy (Ed.) Food and Everyday Life. New York: Lexington.

LeGreco, M., Leonard, D., & Ferrier, M. (2012). Virtual vines: Using participatory methods to connect virtual work with community-based practice. In S. D. Long (Ed.) Virtual work and human interaction (pp. 78-98). Hershey, PA: IGI Global.

LeGreco, M. (2011). “Mama thinks I’m feeding you”: Using food rules to restructure school meal programs. In J. M. Cramer, C. P. Greene, & L. M. Walters (Eds.), Food as communication/communication as food (pp. 359-380).  New York: Peter Lang.

Online Publications

LeGreco, M. (2016).  Bangkok Café. Ethnosh. Retrieved from

LeGreco, M. (2016).  How deep is our “food insecurity”? More data would help. Greensboro News & Record. Retrieved from

LeGreco, M. (2013). Making the most of communication technology. Eminent SEO Newsletter retrieved from

LeGreco, M. (2012). Working with policy. Communication Currents, 7(1). Retrieved from

Recent Honors and Recognitions

  • 2015 Ten Women Who Make a Difference, Greensboro News & Record
  • 2014 40 Leaders Under Forty Award from the Triad’s Business Journal
  • 2013 Service Engagement Award from the Organizational Communication Division of the National Communication Assoc.
  • 2012 Warnersville Community Special Recognition from the Warnersville Community Coalition
  • 2011 United Health Hero from Youth Service America and United Health
  • 2010 Best Article Award from the Ethnography Division of the National Communication Assoc.
  • 2010 Top Paper in Applied Communication from the Southern States Communication Assoc.

Community-Engaged Work

  • Local Foodstorm
  • Mobile Oasis Farmers Market
  • City Oasis Project at Warnersville
  • Guilford County Food Council
  • Downtown Greensboro Food Truck Pilot Project