Office: 202 PSA
Research Interests and Projects
My main area of research interest is immigration in the United States; within this broad topic, I focus on aspects such as:
- Refugee and political asylees’ identity establishment and negotiation via narrative,
- Immigrants’ self-expression online, and or their “digital subjectivities,” and
- Discourse analysis of rhetoric about immigration in the United States.
Other interests include topics such as Multiculturalism in Education and Professional Settings, Ethnography of Communication, and Narrative Inquiry.
- Communication Basic Course (Introduction to Communication and Public Speaking)
- Communication and Conflict Resolution
- Intercultural Communication
I was born in Uganda, East Africa, and came to the United States to pursue higher education (among other reasons) after high school in 2004; I have family spread out over 3 continents, and I love interacting with people from all over the globe. Given that background, perhaps it is no accident that I ended up studying what I study. I draw the inspiration for my research from some of the experiences my family and I have had in Africa and the West, and my overarching ambition is to understand and to fight some of the root causes of global injustice and inequality.
The goals of the researcher must be to empathize with the subject, to enter the subject’s realm of experience, and to attempt to understand the value of the person as an individual.
--Blumer, 1969 (Littlejohn, 1992, Pg. 171)
- “Refugee and Asylee Identity Negotiation via Narrative.” Paper presented at the Eastern Communication Association Convention, Cambridge MA, 2012
- “Immigrant Digital Subjectivities & Their Implications for Subjects’ Adaptation and Wellbeing.” Paper accepted for presentation at the MeCCSA Conference 2013*
*Unfortunately, I didn’t make it to this conference due to the travel restrictions I’m currently under as a noncitizen.