Natasha Shrikant Researcher Profile

Natasha ShrikantNatasha Shrikant is an assistant professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Colorado, Boulder. She uses ethnographic and discourse analytic approaches to analyze relationships between communication and identity. She focuses mostly on how participants’ interactions explicitly or implicitly construct social identities such as race, ethnicity, gender, and sexuality as relevant to interactional contexts. Most recently, she worked on a project examining how institutional members construct racial and ethnic identities as constitutive of professional identities in various institutional speech events, such as meetings, public speeches, and informal workplace conversations. She is also interested in how institutional members build interethnic or cross cultural relationships in an effort to meet institutional goals.

Sample Publications:

Shrikant, N. (2015).  The discursive construction of race as a professional identity category in two Texas chambers of commerce. International Journal of Business Communication, 1-24. doi: 10.1177/2329488415594156.

Shrikant, N. (2015). “Yo, it’s IST yo”: The discursive construction of an Indian-American youth identity in a South Asian Student Club. Discourse and Society, 26(4), 480-501.

Shrikant, N. (2014). “It’s like, ‘I’ve never met a lesbian before!’”: Personal narratives and the construction of diverse female identities in a lesbian counterpublic. IPrA Pragmatics, 24(4), 799-818. 

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.


Irene Maria F. Blayer Researcher Profile

Irene BlayerIrene Maria F. Blayerholds a PhD in Romance linguistics from the University of Toronto, and is a Full Professor at Brock University, Ontario, Canada where she  is affiliated with the department of Modern Languages as well as the Interdisciplinary PhD in Humanities. Trained as a historical linguist, her interests evolved into larger cross-linguistics and interdisciplinary teaching and research projects. In a broader context, current research includes the study of diasporic and insular-narratives, and how these narratives express  the inter-cultural complex and diachronic interplay of identity, language and culture. She has been part of research projects with colleagues in Asia, Brazil, Canada, Europe and the United States. She is the co-founder with Dulce Scott (Anderson Univ, USA) of the InterDISCIPLINARY Journal of Portuguese Diaspora Studies (launched in 2012) and Co-executive editor of the book series Interdisciplinary Studies in Diasporas (launched in 2016) with Peter Lang.

Some recent publications include: Intersecting Diaspora Boundaries: Portuguese Contexts (2016), Portugal pelo mundo disperso (2013), Narrating the Portuguese Diaspora: Piecing Things Together (2011),  Narrativas em Metamorfose: Abordagens Interdisciplinares (2009); Oral and Written Narratives and Cultural Identity: Interdisciplinary Approaches (2007​)​.

Sachiko Terui Researcher Profile

Researcher ProfilesDr. Sachiko Terui is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Memphis. She received her BA from Aichi Prefectural University (Japan), MA from the University of Louisiana at Monroe, and PhD from the University of Oklahoma. Terui’s research interests lie in the intersections of cultures, languages, social interactions, and health among marginalized and at-risk populations. She is interested in how individuals’ (both as patients and providers) language barriers influence patient-provider interactions. Moreover, with the idea that the meanings and functions of language barriers differ depending on the political and social environments, she conducts cross-cultural comparisons in Japan and the US. She presents her research at regional, national, and international communication conferences.

Sachiko Terui

Some publications

Terui, S. & Hsieh, E. (2016). “Not homeless yet. I’m kind of couch surfing.”: Finding identities for people at a homeless shelter. Social Work in Public Health. Advance online publication. doi:10.1080/19371918.2016.1188739

Terui, S. (2015). Conceptualizing the pathways and processes between language barriers and health disparities: Review, synthesis, and extension. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, 19(1), 215-224. doi:10.1007/s10903-015-0322-x

Hsieh, E. & Terui, S. (2015). Inherent tensions and challenges of provider patient communication: Implications for interpreter training in health care settings. Journal of Applied Communication Research, 43, 141-162. 

Shuzhen Huang Researcher Profile

Researcher ProfilesShuzhen Huang is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at the Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania. She is fluent in Cantonese, Mandarin and English.

Shuzhen HuangOriented around culture and resistance, her work is situated at the intersection of critical intercultural communication, gender and sexuality studies, and critical rhetoric. Her recent research focus is on the communicative practices of marginalized groups and their global, cultural and material articulations through gender, sexuality, race and class, bringing critical rhetoric, queer of color critique, feminism of color, geopolitics, and biopolitics to the forefront of communication studies. Grounded in the critical intercultural tradition, her research explores the complexity of subjectivities and theorizes alternative cultural practices that open up opportunities to extend and rethink dominant frameworks of knowledge. The most recent work that exemplifies her research foci is her recently completed dissertation project, titled “Post-Oppositional Queer Politics and the Non-confrontational Negotiation of Queer Desires in Contemporary China.” In her dissertation project, she investigates the complex dynamic between Chinese queer subjects and their bio-genetic families in a time of queer globalization with the intention to queer intercultural communication and to culturalize queer theory.

Huang has been actively engaged in current scholarly conversations and has earned top paper honors from international, national, and regional conferences. She has served as a reviewer for multiple divisions, including the Asian/Pacific American Studies Division, the Feminist Scholarship Division, the LGBT Studies Division, and the International and Intercultural Division, at regional, national and international conferences in the Communication discipline. She has also been invited as an ad hoc reviewer for a special issue of the Chinese Journal of Communication on civic engagement on social media. In addition, her scholarship extends beyond the Communication discipline. For instance, she has been an active member of the National Women’s Studies Association and served as a panel moderator for the North American Asian Feminists Caucus at the 2014 annual convention and as an ad hoc committee member in 2015.

Selected Publications

Huang, S. (Forthcoming). Beyond the paradigm of same-sex marriage and the sex-love-marriage alignment. In M. Yarbrough (Ed), Queer Families and Relationships After Marriage. New York: Routledge.

Huang, S. (2012). Wenhua ziben yu shenfen rentong [Cultural capital of U.S. television and the identification of Chinese audience]. Journal of Jiangsu Administration Institute, 3, 45-50.

Huang, S. & Zhu, L. (2010). Wangluo shijian zhong de jieceng chongtu [Class conflicts in the cyberspace]. Journal of Nanjing University of Posts and Telecommunications, 3, 49-54. [Won the first prize in the People Net Excellent Research Award & Reprinted in 《复印报刊资料》, a journal that reprints important research in humanity and social science and is commonly used as an index of influence in the Chinese academy].

Li Li Researcher Profile

Researcher ProfilesLi Li (Ph.D., Ohio University) is an assistant professor in the Department of Communication and Journalism at University of Wyoming. Her areas of interest include various aspects of instructional communication and intercultural communication. Specifically, She is dedicated to contributing to the theoretical and empirical understanding of how teachers, especially diverse teachers, plan their communication to enhance various types of student learning in different settings.

Recent publications

Qian, Y., & Li, L. (2017). Student off-task electronic multitasking predictors: Scale development and validation. Journal of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, 17 (2), 53-73.

Chen, Y. W., Li, L., & Lou, S. (2016). “The superhero in our hearts is Chairman Mao”: The structurating of Chinese sojourners’ conceptualizations of (super)heroes identities. The Howard Journal of Communications, 27 (3), 218-235.

Jia, M., Li, L., & Titsworth, S. (2015). Teaching as emotional work: Instructor’s empathy and students’ motives to communicate out of class. The Electronic Journal of Communication, 25 (3-4).

Li, L., & Titsworth, S. (2015). Student misbehaviors in online classrooms: Scale development and validation. The American Journal of Distance Education, 29, 41-55.

Li, L., Chen, Y. W., & Nakazawa, M. (2013). Voices of Chinese Web-TV audiences: A case of applying Uses and Gratifications theory to examine popularity of Prison Break in China. China Media Research, 9, 63-74.

Li, L., Mazer, J., & Ju, R. (2011). Resolving international teaching assistant language inadequacy through dialogue: Challenges and opportunities for clarity and credibility. Communication Education, 60, 461-478.

Roxanna Senyshyn Researcher Profile

Researcher ProfilesRoxanna Senyshyn is Assistant Professor of Applied Linguistics and Communication Arts and Sciences at Pennsylvania State University, Abington College. Her teaching and research focus on intercultural communication and second language learning and teaching. Specifically, her research interests include intercultural and transformative learning in teacher education, intercultural competencies for academic and professional purposes, and ESL pedagogy and assessment with a focus on academic writing.

Roxanna SenyshynOne strand of Dr. Senyshyn’s research examines the need to prepare both preservice and inservice teachers for working with English language learners in multilingual and multicultural classroom settings.  Through community-based scholarship, she investigates the impact of intercultural engagement and learning on different constituents. From the student perspective, she has studied the impact of intercultural learning through engagement of domestic students with their international peers in semester long projects. She has studied this influence through the lens of Mezirow’s transformative learning theory, which encourages critical reflection and examination of personal beliefs and actions to allow for a change in perspectives and behavior. She has also used transformative learning framework in a faculty professional development context as an assessment tool to investigate the impact of professional development on faculty practices surrounding teaching and learning in a linguistically and culturally diverse college classroom.

The other strand of Dr. Senyshyn’s research focuses on intercultural learning and intercultural competence development to aid in the process of adjustment and acculturation of international students. The primary focus for this scholarship has been on identifying challenges that international students experience when adjusting to both academic and social demands in U.S. colleges and universities and assessing academic support to aid these students in their successful transition. In one of her recent projects, she examined the impact of first-year seminar experience and out-of-class engagement with domestic students on international students’ intercultural competence development.

In addition to her experience in academia, Dr. Senyshyn has been a consultant for BGRS Intercultural and Language Training doing training and coaching for inbound and outbound expatriates and their families in the greater Philadelphia area (Pennsylvania, U.S.).

Chamberlin-Quinlisk, C. R. & Senyshyn, R. (2012). Language teaching and intercultural education: Making critical connections. Intercultural Education, 23, 15-23.

Senyshyn, R.M. & Chamberlin-Quinlisk, C.R. (2009).  Assessing effective partnerships in intercultural education: Transformative learning as a tool for evaluation. Communication Teacher, 23 (4), 167-178.

Senyshyn, R.M.  (2001).  Learning cross-cultural competencies: Implications for international management education.  Perspectives in Higher Education Reform.  Proceedings of the 11th Annual International Conference of Alliance of Universities for Democracy, Volume 10, Sofia, Bulgaria.

Senyshyn, R.M., Warford, M., & Zhan, J.  (2000).  Academic and non-academic issues of adjustment to American higher education.  Journal of International Education, 30(1) 17-35.

Kenneth Baxter Wolf Researcher Profile

Researcher ProfilesKenneth Baxter Wolf is the John Sutton Miner Professor of History and Professor of Classics at Pomona College. He is also the creator and coordinator of the Late Antique-Medieval Studies (LAMS) program. He specializes in the history of the medieval Mediterranean, with particular interest in two areas: Christian sanctity and early Christian views of Islam.

Kenneth WolfAmong his publications are: Christian Martyrs in Muslim Spain (Cambridge, 1988); Making History: The Normans and their Historians in Eleventh-century Italy (Pennsylvania, 1995); and The Poverty of Riches: St. Francis Reconsidered (Oxford, 2003). He has also produced three book-length translations (from Latin): Conquerors and Chroniclers of Early Medieval Spain (Liverpool University Press, 1990; rev. 1999); The Deeds of Count Roger of Calabria and Sicily and of His Brother Duke Robert Guiscard, (University of Michigan Press, 2005); The Life and Afterlife of St. Elizabeth of Hungary: Testimony from her Canonization Hearings (Oxford University Press, 2011). He is currently finishing a translation of the writings of Eulogius of Córdoba, contracted with Liverpool University Press.

Yan Sun Researcher Profile

Researcher ProfilesYan Sun gained her Ph.D. in English Literature at Shanghai International Studies University. She is a Judicial Master at the Law School of Fudan University. In 2007-2008 she was Fulbright visiting scholar at Mississippi Valley State University, and in 2014-2015 visiting scholar at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York.  She is a certified Standard Chinese Test Examiner at China Language Test Center (Shanghai). Her research interests focuse on law, literature and legal history.

Yan SunRecent Publications:

Sun, Y. (2015).  Britain and Western Africa [殖民与后殖民时期英国与英属西非各国之间的关系]. In Cao & Deming (Eds.), EU and Africa from Historical and Cultural Perspectives(pp. 160-168).  Shanghai:  Shanghai Foreign Education Press.

Sun, Y. (2015). Judicial realism and William Brown’s Clotel. English and American Literary Studies (英美文学论丛), 252-263.

Sun, Y. (2015). Afanti and his family series (Translated, 4 books). Shanghai: Shanghai Foreign Education Press.

Sun, Y. (2015 ) Afanti and Little Donkey Series (Authored, 3 books). Sudan: Fudan University Press.

Sun, Y. (2014). Little Cricket Gery series (Translated, 12 books). China Technology Press.

Sun, Y. (2008). Southern American culture series [美国南方文化]. Teach Yourself English[英语自学], Issues 7-12, pp. 19-21; 18-19; 20-21; 17-18; 20-21; 17-19.

Akari Takenishi Researcher Profile

Researcher ProfilesAkari Takenishi has recently completed a Master’s degree in International and Intercultural Communication at Royal Roads University in Canada. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Geography, focusing on the cultural and social aspects of Geography at the University of Victoria. She is interested in studying multiculturalism in Canada. Examining her personal experiences as an international student from Japan, she wrote about the influences of multiculturalism on self-representation of identity in society. While completing her Master’s, she also served as research assistant for a study examining the impacts of social media on higher education.

Akari Takanishi photoAkari has served as an interpreter and translator, believing that the power of knowledge is limitless and translation is one of the most influential ways to make knowledge reach a greater audience. She has translated several TED talks into Japanese, including:

  • “You don’t need an app for that” By Toby Shapshak
  • “Don’t insist on English” By Patricia Ryan
  • “How to air-condition outdoor spaces” By Wolfgang Kessling
  • “Learning from Sherman the shark” by Jim Toomey
  • “The economic injustice of plastic” by Van Jones

Having grown up in a small village in Japan, she appreciates nature and enjoys growing plants. She became involved in her family tea farm as a distributor dealing with a local tea shop in Canada. Her life has brought her unexpected opportunities and excitement and she feels fortunate to be surrounded by friends, family and mentors who support her personal life as well as academic pursuits. Her academic interests include:

  • Designing a platform where small farmers around the world can share their knowledge and experience with sustainable farming methods, resource management, and reliable market building.
  • Investigating the role of eco-politics in international relations and how it challenges international relations theory in global environmental conflicts.
  • Investigating the academic language proficiency of international graduate students studying in North America and the accuracy of scores of English proficiency tests in portraying academic language skills.

Akari is currently increasing her translation skills, focusing on articles and journals related to intercultural communication and competence. She would like to connect with any individuals or groups who share similar academic interests to discuss future projects and opportunities. As a recent graduate, she is excited to share her knowledge and skills, and learn more from others, hoping that she can be a part of a positive change for a socially and environmentally sustainable future.