Department of Communication
Phone: (210) 458-7731
Office: MB 2.248S
Research area: Intercultural Communication, Intergroup Communication
Dr. Christopher Hajek completed his B.A. in Communication at Loyola University of Chicago, his M.A. in Communication at the University of Hawaii, and his Ph.D. in Communication at the University of California, Santa Barbara. His research is grounded in intergroup communication, with foci at the intersections of health, aging, and social stigma. His work has also explored relationships between group identity and police/community interaction outcomes. His teaching interests in intergroup and intercultural communication developed during his work as an intern for CNN and The Associated Press in Rome, and his Peace Corps experience in Rwanda preceding that country’s genocide. His teaching has also been influenced by his experience as a trained mediator in community-based alternative dispute resolution.
Dr. Hajek has published peer-reviewed articles in several journals, including the Journal of Communication, the Journal of Intercultural Communication Research, Language and Communication, Communication Research Reports, Psychological Reports, Journal of Russian Communication, and the Journal of Language and Social Psychology. Dr. Hajek has also co-authored several invited book chapters. Prior to joining the faculty at UTSA, Dr. Hajek taught courses at The University of California, Los Angeles; the University of California, Santa Barbara; The University of Hawaii; and the Keller Graduate School of Management in Chicago.
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