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].

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.

Gabriel Furmuzachi Researcher Profile

Researcher ProfilesGabriel Furmuzachi has a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Vienna (Austria). His academic work deals with issues such as multiculturalism and cosmopolitanism, language learning, communication and narrative identity. His present research interests gravitate around the idea of dialogue as a means of bringing cultures closer and of cosmopolitanism (both in its guise as identity and responsibility and as moral and institutional cosmopolitanism). He also has written essays about metaphors and emotions, the accommodationist use of reason in Canadian philosophy, the relationship between reason and nature, aesthetics and more.

Gabriel FurmuzachiHis non-academic work consists in surveying the international fine art trade (with emphasis on Eastern European art), buying and selling nineteenth and twentieth century paintings.

He is also involved in a series of projects spread on a wide cultural spectrum including, for example, Space and Place (a non-profit group based in Vienna, Austria, focused on urbanism and social interventions aiming at promoting cultural and social diversity in the city), Liternautica (a Romanian literature portal where he is part of the editorial team, encouraging young and established Romanian writers and building bridges between literary traditions) and Revista Timpul (where he is contributing with interviews and essays on various themes).



Emin Yiğit Koyuncuoğlu Researcher Profile

Researcher Profiles Emin Yiğit Koyuncuoğlu is about to graduate with a BA in Communication Design and Management from the University of Anadolu (Turkey), including a year of studying Tourism Management at the University of Primorska (Slovenia).

Emin Yiğit KoyuncuoğluHe completed a Marketing internship in Tallinn (Estonia), and has worked as a tour guide and as a staff member with Tourcon Turizm ve Kongre Hizmetleri in Antalya (Turkey), helping that organization prepare for national and international conferences. As a travel enthusiast and hitchhiker, he manages a Facebook page about his experiences, improving social media and video editing skills. He considers himself a linguaphile currently learning the art of translation.

Amparo Huertas Bailén Researcher Profile

Researcher ProfilesAmparo Huertas Bailén (Ph.D., UAB, Spain) is professor in the Department of Audiovisual Communication and Advertising at Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB) and director of the Institute of Communication at UAB (InCom-UAB).

Amparo HuertasShe is also member of the Table for the Diversity in Broadcasting (Audiovisual Council in Catalonia-Spain). Her research is focused on the relationship between culture and communication from the perspective of social minorities. The objective of most of her projects is to understand the cultural consumption of migrant population and its influence on their adaptation process in a new country.

Selected publications:
HUERTAS, A. (2016): “Culturas que conviven, ¿pero se interrelacionan?”, in LOBILLO, G.; CASTRO-HIGUERAS, A.; SEDEÑO, A.; AGUILERA, M. (eds.) Prácticas culturales y movimientos sociales en el Mediterráneo: ¿Un cambio de época? Málaga (Spain): Universidad de Málaga (pp. 13–22).

HUERTAS, A.; MARTÍNEZ, Y. (2016): “La adaptación de la población migrante desde sus consumos culturales”, in GERVASI, F. (ed.): Diversidades. Perspectivas multidisciplinarias para el estudio de la interculturalidad y el desarrollo social. Coahuila (México): Universidad Autónoma de Coahuila; Ediciones de Laurel (pp. 185‒210).

Huertas, A.; Martínez, Y. (2013): “La educación mediática como herramienta de integración social en contextos migratorios: estudio de casos a partir de mapeados de proyectos”, in Aranda,D.; Sánchez, F. ; Creus, S. (eds.): Educación, medios y cultura de la participación. Barcelona(Spain): Editorial UOC (pp. 263-278).

Huertas, A.; Martínez, Y. (2013): Maghrebi women in Spain: family roles and media consumption. Observatorio (OBS*) Journal, Special Issue (p. 111-127).

Cogo, D.; Elhajji, M.; Huertas, A. (eds.) (2012): Diásporas, migraciones, tecnologías de la comunicación e identidades transnacionales. Bellaterra (Spain): Institut de la Comunicació, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona.


Kenan Cetinkaya Researcher Profile

kenan cetinkaya photoKenan Cetinkaya (Ph.D.) was born in Malatya, Turkey. He has been working at Bozok University Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, Turkey since 2013. He holds a BA (2006) in Islamic Education from Ankara University, and a MA (2009) in the Theological Studies from the University of Saint Thomas, Houston, TX.  He earned his Ph.D. (2014) from the Department of Religion, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA. His dissertation title is Turkish Response to the Christian Call for Dialogue. He is editor of a Turkish book, Birlikte Yaşama Kültürü ve Diyalog [Coexistence and Dialogue] which was published in 2014.

Some of his published papers include:

Cetinkaya, K. (2015). The Importance of Dialogue in Turkey. Journal of Ecumenical Studies, 50, 167-173.

Cetinkaya, K. (2014). Three Turkish Views of Interfaith Dialogue. In Nathan R. Kollar and Muhammad Shafiq (Eds.),  Sacred Texts & Human Contexts: A North American Response to “A Common Word between Us and You.” North Charleston, SC: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform.