Donal Carbaugh Researcher Profile

Researcher ProfilesDonal Carbaugh is Professor of Communication at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

He is recipient of the University’s highest awards for Outstanding Accomplishments in Research and Creative Activity in addition to the Samuel F. Conti Faculty Research Fellowship; he is also the recipient of teaching awards as a Graduate Mentor, a Hewlett Fellow, and as a finalist for the university’s campus-wide Distinguished Teaching Award. In June of 2017, a conference on New Directions in the Ethnography of Communication was held in his honor at Mount Saint Vincent College, New York City. In 2016, he was named a Distinguished Scholar of the National Communication Association (NCA) for a lifetime of achievement. In 2007-2008, he was appointed Fulbright’s Distinguished Professor and Bicentennial Chair of North American Studies at the University of Helsinki Finland.

Carbaugh’s general interests focus upon cultural philosophies of communication, the environment, and the ways culturally distinctive practices get woven into international and intercultural interactions. His studies focus upon Native American, popular American, Russian, and Finnish communication practices, with special attention to the relationship between language use, culture, spirit, and nature. In 1992, he was elected Visiting Senior Member at Linacre College, Oxford University, England, which is a lifetime position. He has held academic appointments at the Universities of Colorado, Montana, Pittsburgh, the University of Helsinki, the University of Tampere, the Turku School of Economics in Finland, and at other universities. He currently serves on about twenty editorial boards of national and international journals. His published research has appeared in many major academic journals, in several countries including Finland, Germany, Italy, and Russia, in several languages.

His recent books include: Reporting cultures on 60 Minutes (with Michael Berry), and, The Handbook of Communication in Cross-cultural Perspective (edited). His authored book, Cultures in Conversation, was awarded the “Old Chestnut” in Language and Social Interaction and Outstanding Book of the Year in International and Intercultural Communication from that division of the National Communication Association. His edited volume, Cultural Communication and Intercultural Contact, received the National Communication Association’s Award for Distinguished Scholarship in International and Intercultural Communication. His other books include Distinctive Qualities in Communication Research (with Patrice Buzzanell), Narrative and Identity: Studies in Autobiography, Self and Culture (edited with Jens Brockmeier), and Situating Selves: The Communication of Social Identity in American Scenes. His favored perspective on communication is an entry in several international encyclopedia and has been featured in the Journal of Multicultural Discourses, in Language and Intercultural Communication, by the National Academies in 2010, and as a key perspective for community work by the British Dialogue Society. Commentary on his work has appeared in The New York TimesThe Washington PostIndian Country TodayPsychology Today(several times and includes a January 2007 article about Finnishness), Vapaa Sana (North America’s largest Finnish newspaper), theFinnish American Reporter, the Moscow TimesThe Times of India, and Gentleman’s Quarterly among other outlets.

Janice Hume Researcher Profile

Researcher ProfilesJanice Hume (Ph.D., 1997, M.A., 1995, B.J., 1981, University of Missouri School of Journalism) is an associate professor of journalism in the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, University of Georgia.

Her research focuses on journalism history, particularly how it relates to collective memory and the social construction of death. She has written two books, Obituaries in American Culture (University Press of Mississippi, 2000) and Journalism in a Culture of Grief (with Carolyn Kitch, Routledge, 2007), as well as numerous journal articles published in Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, Journalism & Communication Monographs, Journalism History, American Journalism, Journal of Popular Culture, the Review of Communication and Omega: Journal of Death and Dying. She is Research Chair of the American Journalism Historians Association and formerly served as head of the History Division, Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication.

Simon Harrison Researcher Profile

Researcher ProfilesSimon Harrison writes: I joined the HumTec Center (RWTH Aachen University, Germany) in Fall of 2010 to study and develop communication in industry. With a focus on gesture, I examined how factory workers communicate along production lines in noisy environments and I evaluated the impact of different strategies on productivity levels, overall equipment efficiency, and worker morale. The goal was to identify and develop visual communication strategies that increase the efficiency of a production line by reducing response times and minimizing mis-communication. Conducting this research within the Natural Media & Engineering group provided the opportunity to investigate the cognitive-semiotics of shared gesture systems and to measure the efficiency of communication strategies in a lab setting. My project Manufacturing Communication was funded by the Alexander von Humboldt foundation.

I am currently (2013) a lecturer in applied linguistics at the University of Nottingham in Ningbo (China). I teach courses in different aspects of language and linguistics, predominately to Chinese students although some classes are mixed with international students from other areas of Asia, the UK, and North America. In my research, I am interested in the role of gesture in language, cognition, and culture, which makes working in an international environment so fascinating. Previously I have studied how English speakers express negation multimodally, and now i hope to compare my findings cross-culturally with the goal of understanding why gesture is universal yet culturally marked. I study gestures in different face-to-face communication contexts (e.g., conversation, workplace), analyse their link to language at different levels (utterance, discourse), and use my findings as a way to shed light on the conceptual, multimodal and interactive nature of language.

Michael D. Slater Researcher Profile

Researcher ProfilesMichael D. Slater (Ph.D. Stanford University, 1988, MPA New York University, 1982, BA Columbia University, 1974) is Social and Behavioral Science Distinguished Professor at the School of Communication, Ohio State University.

His research includes theory-building efforts in message effects, persuasion, narrative influences, and dynamic processes of media selection, media effects, and maintenance of personal and social identity, with a particular interest in health outcomes, with over 130 publications in these and related areas. He has served as principal investigator of NIH-funded studies of community-based substance abuse prevention efforts, alcohol-related risk perceptions and media coverage, and responses to alcohol advertisements and warnings (representing over $12 million in funded research grants). He also has served as chair of the International Communication Association’s Health Communication Division and was founding chair of the Coalition for Health Communication.