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Boromisza-Habashi, David

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research overview

  • Dr. Boromisza-Habashi studies studies public expression using theories and methodologies derived primarily from the Ethnography of Communication research tradition. He is interested in the ways speakers use locally available and meaningful discursive resources to communicate in public and to describe and evaluate the public expression of others. His primary interest is how speakers assign various kinds of value to speech, and what role value has to play in the global circulation of discursive units, particularly speech genres such as Anglo-American public speaking.


  • Relationship between language use and culture, ethnography of communication, public discourse, public speaking, language and social interaction, globalization, value, desire, communication education


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courses taught

  • COMM 2410 - The Practice of Intercultural Communication
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2020 / Spring 2021 / Fall 2021 / Summer 2022 / Fall 2022
    Prepares students to approach intercultural communication as interaction across cultural difference. Teaches the discovery of how culturally variable communication practices (e.g., word and language choice, speech acts, personal address, silence, nonverbal communication, etc.) can lead to the breakdown of coordinated interaction, and how coordination can be restored. Examines broader social, cultural, and political contexts in which intercultural interactions occur.
  • COMM 3410 - Intercultural Communication
    Primary Instructor - Summer 2018 / Spring 2019 / Summer 2019 / Fall 2019 / Spring 2020
    Explores complex relationships between culture and communication processes from various conceptual perspectives. Considers the important role of context (e.g., social, historical, and cultural) in intercultural interactions. Recommended Prerequisites: COMM 1210 and COMM 1600.
  • COMM 4220 - Senior Seminar: Functions of Communication
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Fall 2019
    Topical seminar on the functions of communication across interpersonal, group, organizational, and public contexts. Reviews current theory and research on topics such as communication and conflict, persuasion, and ethical dimensions of communication practices.
  • COMM 4950 - Senior Thesis: Honors
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018
    For exceptional communication majors who wish to graduate with department honors and receive credit for writing an honors thesis. Recommended prerequisite: COMM 4100 and overall GPA of 3.35 or higher and a COMM or COMN GPA of 3.50 or higher.
  • COMM 5930 - Graduate Internship
    Primary Instructor - Summer 2022 / Fall 2022
    Offers opportunities for graduate-level communication related work projects. Limited to 3 hours in spring and fall semesters, 6 hours in summer. The 6-hour limit at MA level and 9-hour limit at PhD level applies to any combination of independent study and internship credit.
  • COMM 6010 - Communication Research and Theory
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2020 / Fall 2021
    Provides an introduction to graduate study of communication, offering an overview of the discipline and its scholarship. Required for MA and Ph.D. communication students.
  • COMM 6445 - Language, Ideology and Identity
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Spring 2020
    Focuses on cultural foundations of social interaction, with a special emphasis on ideology (including potentially contested cultural norms, values and premises) as a basic condition of meaningful interaction. Identities are discussed as culturally variable, historically embedded interactional accomplishments, constructed from communicative resources such as language and other types of signs, that serve the purpose of participation in communal life.
  • COMM 6460 - Ethnography of Communication
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019 / Spring 2022
    Introduces graduate students to the theory, methodology, and practice of the ethnography of communication. Students read existing literature in the tradition, and design and implement a field-based project that centers on culturally patterned forms and styles of communicative conduct. Prior graduate-level coursework in basic qualitative research methods is required.


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