Dr. Anuraj Dhillon

Assistant Professor


Office Location

Faculty Offices North (47) 36-R






  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Nonverbal Communication
  • Health Communication
  • Communication Research Methods
  • Public Speaking


  • Ph.D. University of Connecticut, 2018
  • M.B.A. ICFAI University, 2006
  • B.C.A. GND University, 2004


Dr. Anuraj Dhillon joined the Communication Studies faculty in 2018. Her research focuses on communication in romantic relationships, sexuality, and identity. Much of her work explores the role of physiology in relational communication. She is interested in how romantic partners navigate stressful communication, the role of physiology in perceiving partners’ behavior, and how these communication processes affect relational health. Her research also examines the issues of race, ethnicity, and identity in interpersonal and health communication. Some of this work is published in communication journals, such as Human Communication ResearchCommunication Monographs, and Communication Quarterly. In addition, she has presented at conferences including ECA, NCA, and ICA. Her research has received top paper awards at annual meeting of Interpersonal Communication Division and Asian Pacific Association Communication of the NCA.

Just like her research, Dr. Dhillon is equally committed to teaching. In her classrooms, she aims to create a dynamic environment that accounts for various individual differences including intellectual capacity, cultural diversity, and learning styles. She believes in fostering an inclusive and equitable learning environment, where students feel comfortable to reflect upon and share their experiences. At Cal Poly, she teaches interpersonal communication, nonverbal communication, health communication, communication research methods, and public speaking.




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