Todd L. Sandel


Todd Sandel is Associate Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Macau. He was formerly based at the Department of Communication at the University of Oklahoma. From 2007-2008 he was a Fulbright Scholar and Senior Researcher, affiliated with National Chiao-Tung University in Hsinchu, Taiwan and studied “Transnational Families” in Taiwan. He is currently the Vice Chair of the Language and Social Interaction Division of the National Communication Association, and Secretary of the LSI Division of ICA. From 2006-2007 he was the President of the Association for Chinese Communication Studies. He also was the recipient of a two-year research grant from the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation, from 2002-2004, and studied Mother Tongue Preservation and Language Ideologies in Taiwan and the U.S. From 1991-1996 he was a faculty member of the English Department of Fu Jen Catholic University, Taipei, Taiwan. Finally, since 2009 he has taught a four-week summer class for the University of Oklahoma on Intercultural and Chinese Communication on the campus of Yunnan University, Kunming, China.

His research interests include intercultural communication, family communication, language perceptions and ideologies, identity formation, and the ethnography of communication. Most of his research has been conducted in rural areas of Taiwan and aims to understand how cultural values and practices are communicated cross generationally in a changing environment. His most recent work, supported by a Fulbright grant, looks at how marriages involving Taiwanese male spouses and Southeast Asian or mainland Chinese female spouses are constituted and maintained. He also works with graduate students who look at intercultural issues and challenges across a range of contexts, such as Muslims in Europe, Hispanics in the U.S., Japanese international students in the U.S., Lebanese Americans, Chinese students, and Indonesian young people.

His work has been published in a number of scholarly journals, including the Journal of International and Intercultural Communication, Language in Society, Research on Language and Social Interaction, Narrative Inquiry, Ethos, Parenting, Journal of Family Communication, Journal of Contemporary China, Social Development, and Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development. His most recent project is work on a book in progress that will show how transnational or cross border families are one of the unintended outcomes of globalization and demonstrate the intersection of traditional cultural practices and novel personal agency using the tools of globalism.

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