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Intercultural Communication

This area of study focuses on the communication processes that occur when individuals of differing cultural backgrounds (including ethnic and racial) come into direct contact with one another. Research in this area addresses communication-related issues pertaining to a variety of social contexts, from interpersonal and small group contexts to those of multicultural organizations and local communities. Also integral to this area are "cultural communication" studies examining unique communication practices within a specific culture, as well as "cross-cultural communication" studies comparing communication patterns in two or more cultures.

International Communication

This area focuses on the critical examination of media and culture in international contexts. Using different methodological approaches that include ethnography, phenomenology and hermeneutics, textual/discourse/critical analysis, and quantitative methods, it explores how cultural understandings intersect with media processes, products, and audiences. This research sheds light on how media and cultures shape social fabrics, from local specificities to globalized networks. It explores culture and media processes as contested zones traversed by ethnic, class, and gender struggles for social change.

Courses in Intercultural and International Communication

Comm 5243 Cross-Cultural Communication
Comm 6323 International Communication
Comm 6413 Interethnic Communication
Comm 6433 Seminar in Intercultural Communication
Comm 6023 Communication Research Task Groups
Comm 6960 Directed Readings

Current Faculty with Research and/or Teaching Interest

Recent Dissertations in Intercultural and International Communication

Liu, Yang (Vivian). (2017). What does it mean to be Chinese?: American sojourners’ experiences of being the other in China.

Van Gilder, B. (2016). (De)centering heteronormativity in the U.S. military: Identity (re)negotiation and cultural change following the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”

Mosley, S. (2015). Transversing our borders: Decolonizing Communication theory.


Recent Representative Faculty and Graduate Students Publications in Intercultural and International Communication

Cionea, I. A., Van Gilder, B., Hoelscher, C. S., & Anagondahalli, D. (2018). A cross-cultural comparison of expectations in romantic relationships: India and the United States. Journal of International and Intercultural Communication. (Advanced online publication). doi:10.1080/17513057.2018.1542019

Cionea, I. A. (2017). Interpersonal argumentation across cultures. In Y. Y. Kim (Ed.), International Encyclopedia of Intercultural Communication (pp. 1-12). Malden, MA: Wiley. doi:10.1002/9781118783665.ieicc0249

Cionea, I. A., Van Gilder, B., & Bruscella, J. S. (2017). Modeling serial argument goal, tactics, and their effects on arguers’ satisfaction in the case of three ethnic groups in the United States. Journal of Intercultural Communication Research, 46, 74-95. doi:10.1080/17475759.2016.1254669

Cionea, I. A., Hoelscher, C. S., & Ileş, I. A. (2017). Arguing goals: An initial assessment of a new measurement instrument. Communication Reports, 30, 51-65. doi:10.1080/08934215.2016.1184695

Cionea, I. A., Johnson, A. J., Bruscella, J. S., & Van Gilder, B. (2015). Taking conflict personally and the use of the demand/withdraw pattern in intraethnic serial arguments. Argumentation and Advocacy, Special Issue: 30 Years of Research on Serial Argument in Interpersonal Relationships, 52, 32-43.

Cionea, I. A., Hopârtean, A.-M., Hoelscher, C. S., Ileş, I. A., & Straub, S. K. (2015). A content analysis of arguing behaviors: A case study of Romania as compared to the United States. Argumentation and Advocacy, 51, 255-272.

Croucher, S., & Kramer, E. (2017). Cultural fusion theory: An alternative to acculturation. Journal of International and Intercultural Communication.

Guo, Y., & Cionea, I. A. (2017). “Do it this way, not that way:” An exploration of Chinese workplace conflicts. International Journal of Conflict Management, 28(2), 202-221. doi: 10.1108/IJCMA-10-2015-0073

Hogan, M., Frey, L., Kim, Y., and Clements, K. (2018).  A journey within the theory-practice nexus of conflict management: Contributions of IACM Rubin Award recipient Benjamin Broome, Negotiation and Conflict Management Research. doi:10.1111/ncmr.12116

Hsieh, E. (2018). Reconceptualizing language discordance: Meanings and experiences of language barriers in the

U.S. and Taiwan. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, 20, 1-4.

Hsieh, E. (2017). Cross-cultural care: When providers and patients do not share the same language. In B. F. Sharf, J. Yamasaki, & P. Geist-Martin (Eds.), Storied health and illness: Personal, cultural & political complexities (2nd ed.; pp. 69-71). Long Grove, IL: Waveland Press.

Hsieh, E. (2017). The Model of Bilingual Health Communication: Theorizing interpreter-mediated medical encounters. In E. A. Jacobs & L. C. Diamond (Eds.), Providing health care in the context of language barriers: International perspectives (pp. 35-55). Bristol, UK: Multilingual Matters.

Hsieh, E. & Nicodemus, B. (2015). Conceptualizing emotion in healthcare interpreting: A normative approach to interpreters’ emotion work. Patient Education and Counseling, 98, 1474-1481.

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.

Hsieh, E. (2015). Healthcare interpreting. In F. Pöchhacker (Ed.), Routledge encyclopedia of interpreting studies (pp.177-182), New York, NY: Routledge.

Hsieh, E. (2015). Interpreting in institutions. In K. Tracy, C. Ilie, & T. L. Sandel (Eds.), The international encyclopedia of language and social interaction. New York, NY: Wiley. doi: 10.1002/9781118611463.wbielsi004

Hu, J. & Hsieh, E. (2018). Supportive relationships: Caring for our loved ones in cultural contexts. In A. du Pré & E. B. Ray &  (Eds.), Real-life scenarios: A case study perspective on health communication (pp.79-84). Oxford University Press.

Johnson, A. J., Lee, S. K., Cionea, I. A., & Massey, Z. B. (2018). The benefits and challenges of new media for intercultural conflict. In N. Bilge & M. I. Marino (Eds.), Reconceptualizing new media and intercultural communication in a networked society (pp. 171-197). Hershey, PA: IGI Global.

Kim, Y. (2019). Integrative communication theory of cross-cultural adaptation. In C. Liberman, A. Rancer, & T. Avtgis (Eds.), Casing communication theory (pp. 105-116). Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt.

Kim, Y. (Ed.). (2018). The International encyclopedia of intercultural communication (3 Volumes, 1st ed.). Published in partnership with the International Communication Association. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley & Sons. doi:10.1002/9781118783665 (online version).

Kim, Y. (2018). Intercultural communication: Taking stock of the domain. Communication Studies69(4), 341-349. doi:10.1080/10510974.2018.1472121

Kim, Y. (2018). Contextual theory of interethnic communication. In Y. Y. Kim (Ed.), The international encyclopedia of intercultural communication (Vol. 1, pp. 318-328). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley & Sons. doi:10.1002/9781118783665.ieicc0010

Kim, Y. (2018). Identity and intercultural communication. In Y. Y. Kim (Ed.), The international encyclopedia of intercultural communication (Vol. 2, pp. 861-869). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley & Sons. doi:10.1002/9781118783665.ieicc0002

Kim, Y. (2018). Ideology and interethnic communication in the United States. In Y. Y. Kim (Ed.), The international encyclopedia of intercultural communication (Vol. 2, pp. 897-906). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley & Sons. doi:10.1002/9781118783665.ieicc0040

Kim, Y. (2018). Synchrony in intercultural communication. In Y. Y. Kim (Ed.), The international encyclopedia of intercultural communication (Vol. 3, pp. 1878-1887). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley & Sons. doi:10.1002/9781118783665.ieicc0072

Kim, Y. (2018). Editor's introduction: Mapping the domain of intercultural communication. In Y. Y. Kim (Ed.), The international encyclopedia of intercultural Communication (Vol. 1, pp. xxxviii-xlvii). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley & Sons. doi:10.1002/9781118783665.ieicc0999

Kim, Y. (2017). Cross-cultural adaptation. In J. Nussbaum (Ed.), Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Communication.  New York, NY: Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/acrefore/9780190228613.013.21

Kim, Y. (2017). Contextual theory of interethnic communication. In J. Nussbaum (Ed.), Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Communication. New York, NY: Oxford University Press. DOI: 10.1093/acrefore/9780190228613.013.493

Kim, Y. (2016). Interethnic communication: An interdisciplinary overview. In L. Chen (Ed.), Handbook of intercultural communication (pp. 389-413). Berlin: De Gruyter Mouton

Kim, Y. (2016). Sojourner relationships. In C. Berger and M. Roloff (Eds.), International encyclopedia of Interpersonal communication (pp. 1-10). An official publication of the International Communication Association. Malden, MA: Wiley & Sons. DOI: 10.1002/9781118540190.wbeic0147

Kim, Y. (2015). Cross-cultural adaptation. In V. S. Ramachandran (Ed.), Neuroscience and biobehavioral psychology (Online reference database). Burlington, MA: Academic Press.

Kim, Y. (2015). Achieving synchrony: A foundational dimension of intercultural communication competence. International Journal of Intercultural Relations. Published online before print (March 13, 2015) doi:10.1016/j.ijintrel.2015.03.016

Kim, Y. (2015). Finding a “home” beyond culture: The emergence of intercultural personhood in the globalizing world. International Journal of Intercultural Relations, 46, 3-12.

Kim, Y.S. & Kim, Y. (2016). Ethnic proximity and cross-cultural adaptation: A study of Asian and European students in the United States. International Communication Studies, XXV(3), 61-80.

Kramer, E. M. (2019). Cultural fusion theory. Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Communication. Doi:

Kramer, E. M. (2019).  Cultural fusion: An alternative to assimilation. In S. Croucher, J. Caetano & E. Campbell (Eds.), The Routledge companion to migration, communication and politics (pp. 96-120).  New York, NY: Routledge.

Kramer, E. M. & Hsieh, E. (2019). Gaze as Embodied Ethics: Homelessness, the Other, and Humanity. In M. J. Dutta, & D. B. Zapata (Eds.), Communicating for social change: Meaning, power, and resistance (pp. 33-62). Singapore: Palgrave Macmillan.

Kramer, E. M. (2017). Cassirer as revolutionary Cassirer as revolutionary: Semiotics as embodied worldview: Appreciating the Other in ourselves (Special Issue: Ernst Cassirer on Communicology and Cultural Semiotics, ed. Richard L. Lanigan), The American Journal of Semiotics, 33 (3/4), 1-100.

Kramer, E. M. (2016). Immigrant identity: Part I. Social Inquiry into Well-Being, 2(2), 1-11

Kramer, E. M. (2016). Immigrant identity: Part II. Social Inquiry into Well-Being, 2(2), 12-23.

Kramer, E., & Liu, Y. (2015). Intercultural Communication in the Context of Globalization. Beijing: Tsing Hua University Press.

Lee, S. (2017). Refining a theory of cross-cultural adaptation: An exploration of a new methodological approach to institutional completeness. Asian Journal of Communication, 28(3), 315-334.

Lee, S., & Flores, M. L. (2019). Immigrant workers’ organizational temporality: Association with cultural time orientation, acculturation, and mobile technology use. Management Communication Quarterly, 33(2), 189-218.

Liu, M., Zhu, L., & Cionea, I. A. (2019). What makes some intercultural negotiations more difficult than others? Power distance and culture-role combinations. Communication Research, 46, 555-574. doi:10.1177/0093650216631096

Liu, Y., & Kramer, E. (in press). Conceptualizing the Other in intercultural encounters: Review, formulation and typology of the Other-identity. Howard Journal of Communications.

Olufowote, J. O. (in press). Barriers and enablers of health in the socio-cultural context: A PEN-3 assessment of HIV/AIDS prevention in Tanzania. Global Health Communication.

Olufowote, J. O. & Aranda, J. (in press). 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. (2017). An institutional field of people living with HIV/AIDS organizations in Tanzania: Agency, culture, dialogue, and structure. Frontiers in Communication [Health Communication section]2, doi:10.3389/fcomm.2017.00001

Pitaloka, D. & Hsieh, E. (2015). Health as submission and social responsibilities: Embodied experiences of Javanese women with type II diabetes. Qualitative Health Research, 25, 1155-1165.

Terui, S. & Hsieh, E. (in press). Managing communicative challenges and interactional dilemma: Native speakers’ responses to non-native speakers’ non/misunderstanding. Discourse Processes.

Terui, S. & Hsieh, E. (2015). Japan. In G. A. Golditz (Ed.), Encyclopedia of cancer and society (2nd ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Wang, G. & Hsieh, E. (2015). China. In G. A. Golditz (Ed.), Encyclopedia of cancer and society (2nd ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.


Recent Funding in Intercultural and International Communication

Elena Bessarabova: Research Collaboration Partner, Jyväskylä University School of Business and Economics, research consortium at Jyväskylä University; interdisciplinary project “#Agents-Young People’s Agency in Social Media” funded by Academy of Finland (Vilma Luoma-aho, JSBE PI, 2019-2022) – €1,000,000 -- cross-cultural comparison of young people's media use.

Elaine Hsieh; Quality of Care for Interpreter-Mediated Medical Encounters in Taiwan. 2015-2016 Core Fulbright U. S. Scholar; Arts, Education, Humanities, Professional Fields and Social Sciences-- Research (Award #5130), Taiwan. Sponsored by the United States Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.