Patrick Shaou-Whea Dodge Researcher Profile

Patrick Dodge Patrick Shaou-Whea Dodge (Ph.D., University of Denver, 2011) is Assistant Professor and Associate Program Chair at the University of Colorado, Denver’s International College in Beijing. He is a member of the National Communication Association’s Task Force on Fostering International Collaborations in the Age of Globalization. Recipient of an NCA Advancing the Discipline Grant, he worked with Communication University of China partners to co-organize the 2016 CUC-NCA co-sponsored conference, Communication, Media, and Governance in the Age of Globalization. With two hundred+ Communication scholars and practitioners from over 10 countries, the success of the conference has led to a second NCA-CUC conference scheduled for the summer of 2018.

His research interests include culture and communication, intercultural communication, and transcultural conceptual understanding, driven by a desire for more U.S.-China cross-cultural alliances. His doctoral research included in-depth interviews with 2008 Beijing Olympic volunteers about their communication encounters with international visitors during the games and how, through the trope of harmony, the ‘New Face’ of China was performed. More recent projects focus on the challenges of academic freedom and how art and the Internet are opening up new possibilities for communicative resistance that stretch the boundaries of ‘free expression’ in China. His current research on China/Chinese Dream discourse has led to extensive travel throughout China, including Tibet, Taiwan and Hong Kong, in search of ‘harmony’ and ‘dreams’. His work has been published in journals such as Communication & Critical Cultural Studies, Journal of Communication, Intercultural Communication Studies, Women & Language, and International Journal of Intercultural Relations.

Patrick has taught Communication courses in Beijing since 2007. His pedagogy is rooted in the combination of theory and practice, concepts and application, which he believes can lead to exciting insights and understanding not only within but also outside of the classroom in everyday practice. He engages students to consider multiple perspectives, to use critical thinking and critique to uncover both negative and positive insight, and to make up their own minds in articulating their unique position(s). His mixed ethnic background (Chinese/Taiwanese-American and European-American) has fueled his passion to learn more about China and Chinese culture and communication in context.

Selected Publications

Dodge, P. S.-W. (Forthcoming). Contesting the façade of harmony through art and the Internet in China. In S. Hartnett, L. Keränen, & D. Conley (Eds.), Imagining China: Rhetorics of nationalism in the age of globalization. Ann Arbor: Michigan State University Press.

Keränen, L., Dodge, P. S.-W., & Conley, D. (2015). Modernizing traditions on the roof of the world: Displaying ‘liberation’ and ‘occupation’ in three Tibet museums. Journal of Curatorial Studies, 4(1), 78-106.

Dodge, P. S.-W. (2014). Finding “the line” in Beijing: Classrooms as liminal space. In P. Ng & E. Boucher (Eds.), Local contextual influences on teaching: Narrative insights from ESL/EFL professionals. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars.

Dodge, P. S.-W., & Suter, E. A. (2008). It’s okay to have a girl: Patronymy and China’s one child policy. Women and Language, 31, 1, 13-22.



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