Dr. Boromisza-Habashi 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 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 discourse, particularly speech genres. His current research focuses on the value of the Anglo-American speech genre known as public speaking and its presence in non-Anglo social contexts.
the relationship between language use and culture, ethnography of communication, public discourse, language and social interaction, globalization, value, desire, communication education
COMM 3410 - Intercultural Communication
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
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. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours on different topics. Same as COMM 5220.
COMM 4950 - Senior Thesis: Honors
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 6445 - Language, Ideology and Identity
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
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.