Faculty and Staff

Marianne LeGreco

Marianne LeGreco

Associate Professor

Office: 110 Ferguson
Phone: 336-334-5297
Email: melegrec@uncg.edu


  • 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 http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/pdf/10.1177/0893318916688092

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 Garden. Environmental 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 https://ethnosh.org/restaurant/us/nc/greensboro/bangkok-cafe

LeGreco, M. (2016).  How deep is our “food insecurity”? More data would help. Greensboro News & Record. Retrieved from http://www.greensboro.com/opinion/columns/marianne-legreco-how-deep-is-our-food-insecurity-more-data/article_9c966354-52f1-586b-87bb-bfbe77c26c53.html

LeGreco, M. (2013). Making the most of communication technology. Eminent SEO Newsletter retrieved from http://www.eminentseo.com/blog/making-the-most-of-communication-technology/

LeGreco, M. (2012). Working with policy. Communication Currents, 7(1). Retrieved from http://www.natcom.org/CommCurrentsArticle.aspx?id=2159

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