His Ph.D. is from the University of Utah, where his doctoral dissertation on Conflict Interaction in Groups won the National Communication Association Golden Anniversary Dissertation Award, and he has been on the faculty of Purdue University and Michigan State. He is interested in communication issues related to ethnopolitical conflict with particular emphasis on conflict resolution, intractable conflicts, intercultural communication, and democracy. Dr. Ellis is the past editor of the journal Communication Theory and the author of numerous books and articles including Crafting Society: Ethnicity, Class, and Communication Theory, as well as Transforming Conflict: Communication Approaches to Ethnopolitical Conflict. His most recent book (2012) is Deliberative Communication and Ethnopolitical Conflict. He was a fellow at the Asch Center for the Study of Ethnopolitical Conflict at the University of Pennsylvania, and a Fulbright Scholar in Israel in 2004-2005. He participates in various national organizations and lectures and writes in the fields of communication, conflict resolution, intercultural communication, and related topics. Some recent publications are below.
In press. Reconciling intergroup conflict. Handbook of intergroup conflict. Howard Giles (Ed.)
2010 Donald G. Ellis, Argument and Ethnopolitical Conflict, Communication Methods and Measures, 4, 98-113.
2010 Donald G. Ellis, Democratic Argument and Deliberation Between Ethnopolitically Divided Groups, In Giles and Harwood (Eds.) Intergroup Communication (pp. 129-139). Peter Lang.
2010, Donald G Ellis. Online deliberation between Ethnopolitically divided groups. Landscapes of violence
2010 Donald G. Ellis and Yael Warshel, The Contributions of Communication and Media Studies to Peace Education, In G. Saloman and E. Cairns (Eds.) Peace Education (pp. 135-153)
2010, Donald G. Ellis, Intergroup Conflict, In C.R. Berger, M.E. Roloff, & D.R. Roskso-Ewoldsen (Eds.), Handbook of Communication Science, (pp. 291-308). Sage Publications
2008, Ifat Moaz & Donald G. Ellis, Intergroup Communication as a Predictor of Jewish-Israeli Agreement with Integrative Solutions to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: The Mediating Effects of Outgroup Trust and Guilt, Journal of Communication, 58, 490-507
2008, Ifat Maoz & Donald G. Ellis, Misperceptions and Miscommunication in Ethnopolitical Conflict. Encyclopedia of Violence, Peace and Conflict, (pp. 1-8). Elsevier.
2007, Donald G. Ellis & Ifat Maoz, Online Argument between Israeli-Jews and Palestinians. Human Communication Research, 33, 291-309.