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 specific Benjamin Bailey publications. Click here to download information about our graduate focal area in Social Interaction and Culture.
My research interests are focused on media education, especially integrating media literacy into the primary and secondary school classroom. In addition to teaching at UMass, I am a Steering Committee Member and Co-Chair of the Curriculum Committee of the Massachusetts Media Literacy Consortium and media educator in the Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts. I work in the community with homeschool, alternative school, and public school students on media literacy education. I have published two books on integrating media literacy into the curriculum: Media Literacy Goes to School (Peter Lang, 2010) and Majoring in Change (Peter Lang, 2012).