Lisa Hanasono Researcher Profile

Researcher ProfilesLisa Hanasono (Ph.D., Purdue University) is an associate professor in the School of Media and Communication at Bowling Green State University (BGSU). Her research investigates that dark and bright sides of relational and intercultural communication. Specifically, she examines how people communicate their prejudice in interpersonal, computer-mediated, organizational, and cultural contexts. She also studies how individuals, groups, institutions, and communities reduce discrimination through supportive communication, allyship, advocacy, community-building, and institutional change.

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 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, inclusion, and social justice. She serves on the President’s Advisory Committee on Diversity and Inclusion and the College of Arts and Sciences’ Council at BGSU, and she is working on BGSU’s IDEAL-N grant team which strives to promote gender equity and inclusive leadership in universities and colleges across the United States. In 2016, she won BGSU’s Diversity Award for designing and implementing a successful anti-hate community-based project. Currently, she leads the Faculty Development and Diversity Learning Community at BGSU and facilitates professional development workshops related to mentoring, teaching effectiveness, reducing social biases, and career advancement. She is the Chair of the National Communication Association’s (NCA) Asian/Pacific American Caucus and Asian/Pacific American Communication Studies Division, and she serves as the Publications Officer of NCA’s International and Intercultural Communication Studies Division.

Key Publications

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.

Hanasono, L.  K., Burleson, B. R., Bodie, G. B., Holmstrom, A. J., Rack, J. J., McCullough, J. D., & Rosier, J. G. (2011). Explaining gender differences in the perception of support availability: The mediating effects of construct availability and accessibility. Communication Research Reports, 28, 254-265.doi: 10.1080/08824096.2011.588580

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., & 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.


Author: Center for Intercultural Dialogue

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