Research interest in the ethnography of communication, communication codes, and cultural discourse analysis. Areal interests in Australian, Blackfeet, Finnish, Russian, and USian practices. Focal concerns are environmental communication and intercultural communication.
For a description of our graduate area in Social Interaction and Culture see:
Undergraduate: Intercultural Communication, Communication and Nature, Cultural Codes in Communication, Field Research; Graduate: Qualitative Methods, Ethnography of Communication, Cultural Discourse Analysis, Intercultural Communication, Environmental Communication
Cultures in Conversation, Lawrence Erlbaum and Associates. Designated Outstanding Book of the Year by the International and Intercultural Communication Division of the National Communication Association, 2006.
Distinctive Qualities in Communication Research (with Patrice Buzzanell). Routledge, 2010.
Narrative and Identity (with Jens Brockmeier). J.J. Benjamins.
Situating selves: The communication of social identity in American scenes. Albany, NY: State University of New York Press.
Cultural Communication and Intercultural Contact. Lawrence Erlbaum and Associates. Designated Outstanding Book of the Year by the International and Intercultural Communication Division of the National Communication Association.
Talking American: Cultural Discourses on DONAHUE. Norwwod, NJ: Ablex.
Currently from General Motors on theory, mehodology and field studies in the US and China concerning cultural variability in uses of car technology.
With colleagues Cliff Goddard and Michael Haugh of Griffith University, and Anna Wierzbicka of Australian National University, we are comparatively analyzing Australian and American englishes.
Exploring cultural variability in discourses about dialogue; cultural discourses in communication systems in automobiles in field studies in the US and China with General Motors; investigating how communication mediates relations between people and nature; cultural variability in spiritual narratives; how cultures are active in televised reporting; comparative analyses of Australian and USian communication practices.