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Dr. James O. Olufowote

James Olufowote

Position: Associate Professor
Education: Ph.D., Purdue University, 2005


Office: Burton Hall Room 227
Office Hours:  on leave

Link to CV

Spring Courses 2020

on leave

Academic Interests

Dr. Olufowote is an associate professor of Communication at the University of Oklahoma (OU) and an adjunct of the Department of International and Area Studies at OU. His research, which is focused on Health Communication, intersects with different fields such as organizational communication, public health, and intercultural/international communication. In recent research, he has focused on (a) physician preparation and practice of ethical communication and (b) the discourses and collaborations of faith-based and non-governmental organizations during public health crises (e.g., HIV/AIDS prevention and polio eradication in sub-Saharan Africa).

Dr. Olufowote’s research is published in journals such as Communication Quarterly, Health Communication, Qualitative Health Research, Management Communication Quarterly, Western Journal of Communication, and Journal of Language and Social Psychology.

Dr. Olufowote teaches undergraduate and graduate courses such as Health Communication, Communication and Public Health, and Communication in Health Organizations.

Representative Publications

Olufowote, J. O. & Aranda, J. (2018). The PEN-3 cultural model: A critical review of health communication for Africans and African immigrants. In R. Ahmed & Y. Mao (Eds.), Culture, migration, and health communication in a global context (pp. 176-190). New York: Routledge.

Olufowote, J. O., Aranda, J., Wang, G. E., & Liao, D. (2017). Advancing the New Communications Framework for HIV/AIDS: The communicative constitution of HIV/AIDS networks in Tanzania’s HIV/AIDS NGO sector. Studies in Media and Communication, 5, 79-92.
Olufowote, J. O. (2017). An institutional field of people living with HIV/AIDS organizations in Tanzania: Agency, culture, dialogue, and structure. Frontiers in Communication [Health Communication specialty section], 2, doi: 10.3389/fcomm.2017.00001
Olufowote, J. O. (2017). Symbolic convergence theory. In C. Scott & L. Lewis (Eds.), The international encyclopedia of organizational communication (Vol. 4, pp. 2346-2353). New York: Wiley.
Olufowote, J. O. (2017). Limitations of research. In M. Allen (Ed.), The SAGE encyclopedia of communication research methods (pp. 863-864). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Olufowote, J. O., & Wang, G. E. (2016). Physician assimilation in medical schools: Dualisms of biomedical and biopsychosocial ideologies in the discourse of physician educators. Health Communication. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/10410236.2016.1167993 

Olufowote, J. O. & Matusitz, J. (2016). “How dark a world it is…where mental health is poorly treated”: Mental illness frames in sermons given after the Sandy Hook shootings. Health Communication. Advance online publication. doi:10.1080/10410236.2015.1089458

Olufowote, J. O. (2016). Identity constructions and inter-organizational collaboration: Islamic faith-based organizations and the polio vaccination stoppage in Northern Nigeria. Communication Quarterly. Advance online publication. doi:10.1080/01463373.2015.1129354

Matusitz, J., & Olufowote, J. O. (2016). Visual motifs in Islamist terrorism: Applying conceptual metaphor theory. Journal of Applied Security Research, 11, 18-32. doi: 10.1080/19361610.2016.1104276

Olufowote, J. O. (2015). Preparing future physicians in medical ethics: A tension-centered study of institutional and situational dualities. Communication Quarterly, 63, 254-271. doi: 10.1080/01463373.2015.1039713

Olufowote, J. O. (2014). Virtue training in medical schools: The perspective of behavioral science course directors. Health Communication. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/10410236.2013.861307

Olufowote, J. O. (2014). Organizations and health. In T. L. Thompson (Ed.), Encyclopedia of health communication (Volume 2, pp. 1007-1010). Thousand Oaks: Sage.

Olufowote, J. O., & Airhihenbuwa, C. O. (2014). Nigeria. In T. L. Thompson (Ed.), Encyclopedia of health communication (Volume 2, pp. 944-945). Thousand Oaks: Sage.

Koschmann, M., Bisel, R., Botero, I., Lin, C., Olufowote, J., Perriton, L.,…Wieland, S. (2012). An eye for an I—Thoughts about Management Communication Quarterly from the next generation. Management Communication Quarterly, 26, 656-681. doi: 10.1177/0893318912458761

Olufowote, J. O. (2011). Local resistance to the global eradication of polio: Newspaper coverage of the 2003-2004 vaccination stoppage in northern Nigeria. Health Communication, 26, 743-753. doi:10.1080/10410236.2011.566830

Olufowote, J. O. (2011). A dialectical perspective on informed consent to treatment: An examination of radiologists’ dilemmas and negotiations. Qualitative Health Research, 21, 839-852. doi: 10.1177/1049732311402097