As a researcher, she examines how people engage in communication to reduce prejudice, shatter stigma, engage in allyship, and make institutions of higher education more equitable, diverse, and inclusive. She is currently a Co-PI of a nearly million dollar National Science Foundation (NSF) ADVANCE Adaptation grant that investigates how faculty allyship, bystander intervention, and inclusive leadership can (a) remove structural barriers, (b) reduce social biases, and (c) promote the career advancement of women faculty, nonbinary faculty, and faculty of color in STEM and social behavioral sciences.
While pursuing her Ph.D. at Purdue University, she worked with a team of administrators, faculty, staff, and students to establish an Asian American Studies Program. At BGSU, she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses related to race and communication, persuasion, interpersonal communication, research methods, interviewing, and communication theory. She has won several awards for her teaching, including the 2019 Organization for the Study of Communication, Language, and Gender’s Feminist Teacher/Mentor Award, Central States Communication Association’s Outstanding New Teacher Award, The Elliott L. Blinn Award for Faculty-Undergraduate Research, BGSU Graduate Student Senate’s Outstanding Contributor to Graduate Education Award, and the David Hoch Memorial Award for Excellence in Service.
Dr. Hanasono is strongly committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion. As a Certified Campus Workshop Facilitator and Faculty Success Program Coach for the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity (NCFDD), she works diligently to empower faculty members with key skills, knowledge, and opportunities to advance their careers, enjoy sustainable success, and thrive in academia. She has served on the President’s Advisory Committee on Diversity and Inclusion, worked with a team of faculty members and administrators to establish an inclusive mentoring program for new faculty at BGSU, chaired the National Communication Association’s (NCA) Asian/Pacific American Caucus and Asian/Pacific American Communication Studies Division, and served as the Publications Officer of NCA’s International and Intercultural Communication Studies Division.
Hanasono, L. K., Matuga, J., & Yacobucci, M. M. (2019). Breaking the bamboo and glass ceilings: Challenges and opportunities for Asian and Asian American women faculty leaders. In C. C. Chao & L. Ha (Eds.), Asian women leadership: A cross-national and cross-sector comparison (pp. 28-45). London: Routledge.
Hanasono, L. K., & Yang, F. (2016). Computer-mediated coping: Exploring the quality of supportive communication in an online discussion forum for individuals who are coping with racial discrimination. Communication Quarterly, 64(4), 369-389. doi: 10.1080/01463373.2015.1103292
Chen, L., & Hanasono L. K. (2016). The effect of acculturation on Chinese international students’ usage of Facebook and Renren. Chinese Media Research, 12, 46-59.
Hanasono, L. K., Chen, L., & Wilson, S. R. (2014). Identifying communities in need: Examining the impact of acculturation on perceived discrimination, social support, and coping amongst racial minority members. Journal of International and Intercultural Communication, 7, 216-237. doi: 10.1080/17513057.2014.929201
Hanasono, L. K. (2013). Sticks and stones: Dealing with discrimination. In S. L. Faulkner (Ed.), Inside relationships: A creative case book on relational communication (pp. 225-231). Walnut Creek, CA: Left Coast Press.