Intercultural/International Communication


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:

Young Kim
Eric Kramer
Elaine Hsieh
Elena Bessarabova
Ioana Cionea
Sunny Lee
James Olufowote

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.

Vincent, Cindy. (2014). Can you spare some (social) change? Participatory media as catalyst for change in poor and homeless communities.

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

Bessarabova, E. (2014). In-group favoritism and deception: A comparison of Russian and American cultures. International Journal of Intercultural Relations. doi: 10.1016/j.ijintrel.2013.09.001

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

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

Hsieh, E. (in press). 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. Bristol, UK: Multilingual Matters.

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

Hsieh, E. (2014). Emerging trends and the corresponding challenges in bilingual health communication. In B. Nicodemus & M. Metzger (Eds.), Investigations in healthcare interpreting (pp.70-103). Washington, DC: Gallaudet University Press.

Karuga, G. & Hsieh, E. (2014). Diversities. In L. H. Cousins (Ed.), Encyclopedia of human services and diversity (pp. 391-393). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Kim, Y. (Ed.). (in press). The International encyclopedia of intercultural communication (3 Volumes, 1st ed.). Published in partnership with the International Communication Association. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley & Sons.

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. (2015). Acculturation processes and communication. In W. Donsbach (Ed.), The Concise encyclopedia of communication (pp. 2-3). Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell.

Kim, Y. (2015). Integrative communication theory. In J. Bennett (Ed.), The SAGE Encyclopedia of intercultural competence (pp. 439-441). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Kim, Y. (2015). Theory of acculturation. In J. Bennett (Ed.), The SAGE Encyclopedia of intercultural competence (pp. 792-797). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Kim, Y. (2014). Beyond cultural differences: An integration of Eastern and Western perspectives. In M. Hinner (Ed.), Freiberger Beitraege, Volume 8:Chinese culture in a cross-cultural comparison (pp. 121-137). New York: Peter Lang.

Kim, Y. (2014). Interpersonal communication in intercultural encounters. C. R. Berger (Ed.), Handbooks of communication science: Vol. 6. Interpersonal communication (pp. 517-540). Berlin: De Gruyter Mouton.

Kim, Y. (2014). Beyond cultural differences: An integration of Eastern and Western perspectives. In M. Hinner (Ed.), Freiberger Beitraege, Volume 8: Chinese culture in a cross-cultural comparison (pp. 121-137). New York, NY: Peter Lang.

Kim, Y. (2014). Interpersonal communication in intercultural contexts. In P. J. Schultz & P. Cobley (Series Eds.) & C. R. Berger (Vol. Ed.), Handbooks of communication science: Vol. 6. Interpersonal communication. Berlin: De Gruyter Mouton.

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. (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

Kramer, E. (2014). Innovative communication needs versus the ideology of conformity. In M. Iwakuma (Ed.), The adjustment process for people with disability in Japan: A communication dilemma. Cresskill, NJ: Hampton.

Kramer, E., Adkins, G., Kim, S-H., Miller, G. (2014). Environmental communication and the extinction vortex: Technology as denial of death. New York, NY: Hampton

Lee, S. (2014). A study on the impact of social capital embedded in ethnic religious communication networks on Korean immigrant’s intercultural development. International Journal of Intercultural Relations, 43, Part B, 289-303. doi:10.1016/j.ijintrel.2014.10.001

Liu, M., Zhu, L., & Cionea, I. A. (2016). What makes some intercultural negotiations more difficult than others? Power distance and culture-role combinations. Communication Research (Advanced online publication). doi:10.1177/00936502 1663109

McKay-Semmler, K., Semmler, S., & Kim, Y. (2014). Local news media cultivation of host receptivity in Plainstown. Human Communication Research, 40(2), 188-208.

McKay-Semmler, K., & Kim, Y. (2014). Cross-cultural adaptation of Hispanic youth: A study of communication patterns, functional fitness, and psychological health. Communication Monograph, 40(2), 133-156.

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.

Pitaloka, D. & Hsieh, E. (2014). Isolated communities and cultural competence. In L. H. Cousins (Ed.), Encyclopedia of human services and diversity (pp. 747-749). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Terui, S. & Hsieh, E. (2014). Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health. In L. H. Cousins (Ed.), Encyclopedia of human services and diversity (pp. 761-763). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

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

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.