My research focuses on language, culture, and social identities, particularly ethnicity and race. I am interested in negotiations of meaning and social identity in face-to-face interaction, particularly in intercultural contexts. My publications include Language, Race, and Negotiation of Identity: A Study of Dominican Americans and various articles and chapters on race, code switching, bilingualism, immigration, and intercultural communication. Click to download Benjamin Bailey publications. Click to download information about our graduate focal area in Social Interaction and Culture.
My research interests are focused on comprehensive media literacy, especially integrating media literacy into the primary and secondary school classroom. I co-run Mass Media Literacy, a grassroots organization the supports legislation for teacher training in media literacy and builds curriculum for comprehensive media literacy across K-12 public schools in Massachusetts. My upper-level Comm classes all come with a civic engagement component where students have the opportunity to work in the community and across the state with and on behalf of young people and their media learning. I work with homeschool, alternative school, and public school students on media literacy education. I have published two books on bringing media literacy to the curriculum and its implications: Media Literacy Goes to School (Peter Lang, 2010) and Majoring in Change (Peter Lang, 2012).