Sara DeTurk is a professor of communication at the University of Texas at San Antonio.
Her research focuses on education, training, dialogue, identity (especially whiteness), alliances across difference, and social change activism. Her doctoral dissertation (Arizona State University, 2004) was a phenomenological study of an intergroup dialogue program. She also holds an M.Ed. in international education and a B.A. in psychology. Her publications include the following:
DeTurk, S. (2019). Social and cultural diversity in training and group facilitation. In J. D. Wallace & D. Becker (Eds.), Handbook of Communication Training: A Framework for Assessing and Developing Competence (pp. 414-421). London: Routledge.
DeTurk, S., & Briscoe, F. (2019). Equity vs. excellence: Is “tier-one” status compatible with social justice? Journal of Hispanic Higher Education, 18 (2), 1-17.. DOI: 10.1177/1538192719836197
DeTurk, S. (2018). All students are special (though some are more special than others). In A. Atay and D. Trebing (Eds.), The discourse of “special populations”: Critical intercultural communication pedagogy and practice (pp. 11-22). New York, NY: Routledge.
DeTurk, S. (2017). Intercultural alliance. In Y. Y. Kim (Ed.), International Encyclopedia of Intercultural Communication. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley & Sons. Intercultural Communication. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons. DOI: 10.1002/9781118783665.ieicc0224
DeTurk, S. (2016). “The social conscience of the city”: Strategies and challenges of a multi-issue social change organization. In K. Sorrells & S. Sekimoto (Eds.), Globalizing intercultural communication (pp. 269-278). Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications.
DeTurk, S. (2015). Activism, alliance building, and the Esperanza Peace and Justice Center. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.
Kristjánsdóttir, E., & DeTurk, S. (2013). Cultural insiders to cultural outsiders: Structure, identity, and communication in the adaptation of domestic, involuntary migrants. Howard Journal of Communications, 24, 194-211.
DeTurk, S. (2011). “I need to know”: Conditions that encourage and constrain intercultural dialogue. Journal of Intergroup Relations, 35 (1), 37-60.
DeTurk, S. (2010). “Quit whining and tell me about your experiences!”: (In)tolerance, pragmatism, and muting in intergroup dialogue. In R. T. Halualani & T. K. Nakayama (Eds.), The Handbook of Critical Intercultural Communication. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell.
DeTurk, S., & Foster, E. (2008). Dialogue about dialogue: Investigating intersubjectivity in interview research. Qualitative Research Journal, 8 (2), 14-27.
DeTurk, S. (2006). The power of dialogue: Consequences of intergroup dialogue and their implications for agency and alliance building. Communication Quarterly, 54, 33-51.