Jana Simonis is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Communication Studies at Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIUC). Her academic research is located mostly within critical intercultural communication, postcolonial studies, critical communication pedagogy, and international student-centered research. In 2009, she graduated with her Bachelor of Arts in Translation, Interpretation, and Cultural Studies from Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz, Germany. She attended SIUC as a foreign exchange student for a year before being admitted to the Master of Arts in Speech Communication in 2010. In 2012, she graduated with her Master’s degree and joined the program as a doctoral student.
Jana also has served on the board of the International Student Council at her university for two years in a row and currently holds the position of President. She has also worked on creating an Intercultural Relations position within the Speech Communication Organization of her department so that international students could get their voices, ideas, and concerns heard. In her capacity as an international student leader, she has worked hard to increase visibility and inclusivity of international students on her campus and the larger community.
Much of Jana’s research and professional experience focuses on building international relations and engaging in intercultural dialogue. She has come to truly appreciate this field of work and hopes to continue her efforts in a career that will allow her to engage in international relationship-building and intercultural dialogue.
NOTE: Jana’s project for CID will be to create a database on graduate student programs related to intercultural dialogue.