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Shrikant, Natasha Assistant Professor

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  • I use ethnography and discourse analysis to examine how naturally occurring interactions negotiate meanings about identity and inequality. I take an inductive approach where I analyze if and how participants orient to inequality through mundane, seemingly personal interactions. Analyzing everyday interaction sheds light on ways that larger scale processes such as racialization, identity politics, and ideology appear in participants’ lived experiences. Past research focuses on the interactional accomplishment of racial identity in a South Asian youth organization and gender and sexuality identities in a lesbian community. My current project is a comparative study between how White and minority business people navigate politics of race and gender through their daily business interactions.

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  • Discourse analysis, identity, culture, race, ethnicity, ethnography

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  • COMM 2400 - Discourse, Culture and Identities
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2020
    Examines how aspects of talk (e.g., turn-taking, speech acts, narratives, dialect, and stance indicators) link with identities (e.g., ethnic and racial, age, gender, work-related, and personal). Considers how communication is central to constructing who people are and examines social controversies related to talk and identities.
  • COMM 4220 - Senior Seminar: Functions of Communication
    Primary Instructor - Spring 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
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Spring 2019 / Spring 2020
    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 5435 - Readings in Community and Social Interaction
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019
    Focuses on how everyday communication practices shape and are shaped by community contexts. Contains theoretical and empirical readings that illustrate how interactions among group members negotiate and maintain distinct communities and how group communication practices reflect shared norms among community members. Also reviews methods to study everyday interactions among community members (e.g., discourse analysis, qualitative coding, surveys and applied approaches/methods).
  • COMM 6410 - Discourse Analysis
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018
    Acquaints students with the main types of discourse analysis: conversation analysis, critical discourse analysis, and rhetorically informed discourse approaches. Teaches how to conduct discourse analysis, including transcribing, selecting excerpts, documenting inferences, and linking findings to scholarly controversies.

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