Howard Giles Profile

ProfilesHowie Giles, past Head of Psychology and Chair of Social Psychology at the University of Bristol, England, has been Professor of Communication at the University of California, Santa Barbara (with affiliations with Linguistics and Psychology) since 1989.  He is a Charter Fellow of the Intercultural Academy and elected Fellow of other Associations in Psychology, Communication, and Gerontology.


Giles has worked in language, intercultural, interpersonal, health, lifespan, and media arenas, with intergroup communication being his umbrella identification; the other subfields are subtended by this.  In this regard, he was editor of the 2012 Handbook of Intergroup Communication and with Jake Harwood is co-editor of the upcoming Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Intergroup Communication.  With Antonis Agardiki, he will be co-convening the 1st International Symposium on Intergroup Communication in Thessaloniki in June 2017.  Giles is currently Chair of the International Communication Association’s Intergroup Communication Interest Group which he founded with Scott Reid in 2003, and was co-founder with Peter Robinson of the International Conferences on Language and Social Psychology (ICLASP); the 15th ICLASP will occur in Bangkok in 2016.

Conducting cross-cultural research across dozens of nations and ethnic communities around the world, Giles has worked in an array of intercultural settings, including between-gender, interability, interethnic, intergenerational, police-community, and gay-straight relations.  Within these, for example, he has explored language attitudes, ethnic identity, tourism, acculturation, and successful aging.  Among the research questions he has posed are:

•    How when, and why do we mark our many social identities via language and communicative practices – and how transactively doing so sustains, reshapes these very same identities?

•    How do we age successfully as well as possibly unsuccessfully from different cultures’ standpoints, and how can communication be empowering or disempowering in these regards?

An integrative framework across these domains has been Communication Accommodation Theory, being its architect in the early 1970s (see Key Concepts in Intercultural Dialogue, #48).   Giles has recently been working to inject the salience of “culture” into intergroup theory and was editor of the “Intergroup and Intercultural” section of the International Encyclopedia of Communication (2008-).  Elected Past President of the International Communication Association and the International Association for Language and Social Psychology, Giles is founding/current Editor of the Journal of Language and Social Psychology (1981-) and the Journal of Asian Pacific Communication (1990-) as well as elected Editor of Human Communication Research (1995-98.  He is also General Editor for Peter Lang Publishers of a book series entitled, ”Language as Social Action.”

Giles spent much of his “leisure” time as a Reserve Detective Lieutenant in the Santa Barbara Police Department.  He did this for 15 years and was the recipient of over a dozen outstanding service awards.  This experience fueled his interest in researching police-community relations which is currently a very hot topic in the American media and public discourse.

It is possible to download his vita, or send him an e-mail.

Work for CID:
Howie Giles wrote KC48: Communication Accommodation Theory.

UCSB job ad

The Department of Communication at the University of California Santa Barbara invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in the area of race, ethnicity, and communication. The search is open rank, with an anticipated effective date of July 1, 2012. Candidates should have a Ph.D. in communication or a related field, a strong social science background, and demonstrated excellence in publishing innovative research, teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and professional activities in the area of race, ethnicity, and communication. Active service in the department and on campus is expected.

The successful candidate will complement one or more of the department’s core areas in media communication, interpersonal/intergroup communication, and organizational communication, as well as any of our cross-cutting emphases in communication and technology, globalization, along with family, group, health, political, legal, and intercultural communication.

In particular, we seek applicants whose specializations in race/ethnicity and communication enhance the department’s emphases in media studies or interpersonal/intergroup communication. Research and teaching expertise in any of the following areas are especially desirable: race/ethnicity and identity, interracial relationships, media portrayals of racial/ethnic groups and their effects on audiences, use and impacts of new technologies in racial/ethnic communities, the role of social media in intergroup ethnic/racial relationships, and reducing ethnic/racial inequalities in communication and health.

Applications with a letter highlighting qualifications, curriculum vitae, evidence of teaching effectiveness, any relevant grant activity, and a publication reprint should be mailed to: Dr. Dave Seibold, Search Committee Chair, Department of Communication, 4005 Social Sciences and Media Studies Bldg, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA 93106-4020. Applicants also should request that three letters of recommendation be mailed to the address above. Department review of materials will begin on November 1, 2011.

The department is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching and service. UCSB is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.

UCSB job ad

Connected Viewing Initiative Project Lead (Job # CFTM1110)

UC Santa Barbara’s Carsey-Wolf Center (CWC) seeks a Project Lead for a new initiative of its Media Industries Project (MIP) on “connected viewing” and online media consumption. In collaboration with Warner Bros., the Connected Viewing Initiative will investigate emerging trends in distribution and audience engagement with media products in an era of digitization and social networking.

A Ph.D. in media studies, communication, or a related field is required. Applicants should have excellent communication skills and be comfortable interacting with high-level media professionals, scholars, and the public. Candidates should be published in her/his field of expertise and conducting scholarly research in digital media. Applicants should have the ability to manage a dynamic research project with multiple teams while conducting dedicated research of his/her own. Job description available:

The Carsey-Wolf Center is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research and service. University of California is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.

Submit application letter, CV and contact information for at least 3 references via email to

Academic Coordinator Job # CFTM1110
Carsey-Wolf Center
Attn: LeeAnne French
4431 SS&MS Building University of California
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-4010
Apply by 8/3/11. Open until filled.

Media Industries Project UCSB job

Academic Coordinator for the Carsey-Wolf Center
University of California Santa Barbara

Job #: CFTM 1105

UC Santa Barbara seeks a full-time Academic Coordinator to serve as the Project Manager for the Media Industries Project (MIP) of the Carsey-Wolf Center. MIP is a multidisciplinary project that examines major trends reshaping the media industries and their consequences for producers, distributors and consumers. Our research agenda focuses on digitization, globalization, and creative labor.

The Project Manager’s responsibilities are divided roughly 50:50. About half includes overseeing MIP staff and graduate student researchers and managing MIP research projects, website content and publications. The other half is devoted to pursuing a program of research in one or more of MIP’s areas of emphasis. The ideal candidate has managerial and research experience, and outstanding leadership and communication skills. Applicants should have expertise with issues related to the convergence of traditional and new media industries, including familiarity with relevant technologies, industry trends, professional practices, policy concerns, and social issues.

A Ph.D. in media studies, communication or a related field is required. Candidate should be published in her/his field of expertise and currently engaged in a relevant program of scholarly research.

For complete job description, see this site. Submit application letter, CV and contact information for at least 3 references to:
Academic Coordinator Position #CFTM 1105,
Carsey-Wolf Center, 
Attn: LeeAnne French, 4431 SS&MS Building, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA 93106-4010

Apply by 6/10/11. Open until filled.

The Department is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching and service. The University of California is an Equal Opportunity Affirmative Action employer.

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