Principal areas of study/research:
Philosophy & Theory of Communication
(Communicology), Interpersonal, Family Communication, and Organizational.
My overall research goals are guided by my interest in
advancing communication theory as a human science, better known in Europe as Communicology. My co-edited book, Communicology: The New Science of
Embodied Discourse, 2010, testifies to this scholarly commitment. I believe the
human science tradition best explicates the theories we live by, that is, the
lived-body's relationship to the symbolic worlds in which we live. Consequently,
in my study of communication, I include semiotics, phenomenology, rhetoric,
ethnography, narrative, and feminism as research methodologies. My
published research is, therefore, both eidetic (theoretical) and empirical (applied).
On the theoretical side, I have authored several publications that explicate the
works of particular theorists: for example, Gregory Bateson, Charles S. Peirce,
Edward Sapir, Maurice Merleau-Ponty, and Alfred Korzybski.
On the empirical side, my work takes an applied focus, especially in the area
of family communication. Using the theories mentioned above, I investigate
the communicative dilemmas of non-custodial mothers. My research in this area
has resulted in a several book chapters, articles, and many presentations
at local, national, and international conferences.
Regardless of the situation of study I pursue, I question the way we think about
what communication is, how it functions rhetorically and semiotically, and why
it produces or shapes our interpersonal experiences in complex and subtle ways.