Her research focuses on education, training, dialogue, identity (especially whiteness), alliances across difference, and social change activism. Her doctoral dissertation (Arizona State University, 2004) was a phenomenological study of an intergroup dialogue program. She also holds an M.Ed. in international education and a B.A. in psychology. Her publications include the following:
DeTurk, S. (2019). Social and cultural diversity in training and group facilitation. In J. D. Wallace & D. Becker (Eds.), Handbook of Communication Training: A Framework for Assessing and Developing Competence (pp. 414-421). London: Routledge.
DeTurk, S., & Briscoe, F. (2019). Equity vs. excellence: Is “tier-one” status compatible with social justice? Journal of Hispanic Higher Education, 18 (2), 1-17.. DOI: 10.1177/1538192719836197
DeTurk, S. (2018). All students are special (though some are more special than others). In A. Atay and D. Trebing (Eds.), The discourse of “special populations”: Critical intercultural communication pedagogy and practice (pp. 11-22). New York, NY: Routledge.
DeTurk, S. (2017). Intercultural alliance. In Y. Y. Kim (Ed.), International Encyclopedia of Intercultural Communication. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley & Sons. Intercultural Communication. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons. DOI: 10.1002/9781118783665.ieicc0224
DeTurk, S. (2016). “The social conscience of the city”: Strategies and challenges of a multi-issue social change organization. In K. Sorrells & S. Sekimoto (Eds.), Globalizing intercultural communication (pp. 269-278). Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications.
DeTurk, S. (2015). Activism, alliance building, and the Esperanza Peace and Justice Center. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.
Kristjánsdóttir, E., & DeTurk, S. (2013). Cultural insiders to cultural outsiders: Structure, identity, and communication in the adaptation of domestic, involuntary migrants. Howard Journal of Communications, 24, 194-211.
DeTurk, S. (2011). “I need to know”: Conditions that encourage and constrain intercultural dialogue. Journal of Intergroup Relations, 35 (1), 37-60.
DeTurk, S. (2010). “Quit whining and tell me about your experiences!”: (In)tolerance, pragmatism, and muting in intergroup dialogue. In R. T. Halualani & T. K. Nakayama (Eds.), The Handbook of Critical Intercultural Communication. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell.
DeTurk, S., & Foster, E. (2008). Dialogue about dialogue: Investigating intersubjectivity in interview research. Qualitative Research Journal, 8 (2), 14-27.
DeTurk, S. (2006). The power of dialogue: Consequences of intergroup dialogue and their implications for agency and alliance building. Communication Quarterly, 54, 33-51.