Sara DeTurk, Ph.D.
Department of Communication
Phone: (210) 458-7737
Office: MB 2.248D
Research area: Intercultural Communication, Identity & Ideologies on Difference, Social Justice Activism, Intergroup Alliances
Dr. Sara DeTurk received her B.A. in Psychology from the University of Virginia and her M.Ed. in International Education from the University of Massachusetts. She received her Ph.D. in Communication from Arizona State University in 2004, with a focus on Intercultural Communication. Her research is qualitative in nature and addresses social justice activism, intergroup alliances, and the role of communication in shaping ideologies about identity and difference.
Dr. DeTurk’s publications include articles on intercultural empathy, the meaning of diversity for Americans, the effects of intergroup dialogue programs, and the communication tactics of intercultural allies. These appear in journals such as Communication Education, Communication Quarterly, and The Journal of Intergroup Relations. She has also co-authored a manual for community development practitioners working with immigrants and refugees, has presented numerous papers, panels, and workshops at national and international conferences, and is currently writing a book based on an ethnography of a social justice organization.
- Ph.D. in Communication, Arizona State University, Tempe (2004)
- M.Ed. in International Education, University of Massachusetts, Amherst (1992)
- B.A. in Psychology, University of Virginia, Charlottesville (1986)
- Communication, Culture, and Identity
- Qualitative Research Methods
- Communication and Activism
- Training and Group Facilitation
Research in Progress
- DeTurk, S. Narrative organizing: Art and storytelling as activism (under review with Qualitative Communication Research)
- DeTurk, S. Speaking truth to power: The story of the Esperanza Peace and Justice Center (under contract with Lexington Books)
- DeTurk, S. (forthcoming). “The social conscience of the city”: Strategies and challenges of a multi-issue social change organization. In K. Sorrells & S. Sekimoto, Globalizing intercultural communication. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications.
- Kristjánsdóttir, E., & DeTurk, S. (2013). Cultural insiders to cultural outsiders: Structure, identity, and communication in the adaptation of domestic, involuntary migrants. Howard Journal of Communications, 24, 194-211.
- Harris, T., & DeTurk, S. (2012). Racial segregation within religious institutions: A site for establishing interracial alliances. In T. Harris & S. Croucher (Eds.), Religion and Communication: An Anthology of Extensions in Theory, Research, and Method (pp. 81-100). New York, NY: Peter Lang.
- DeTurk, S. (2011). Allies in action: The communicative experiences of people who challenge social injustice on behalf of others. Communication Quarterly, 59 (5), 1-21.
- DeTurk, S. (2011). “I need to know”: Conditions that encourage and constrain intercultural dialogue. Journal of Intergroup Relations, 35 (1), 37-60.
- DeTurk, S. (2011). Critical andragogy and communication activism: Approaches, tensions, and lessons learned. Communication Teacher, 25 (1), 48-60.
- DeTurk, S. (2010). “Quit whining and tell me about your experiences!”: (In)tolerance, pragmatism, and muting in intergroup dialogue. In R. T. Halualani & T. K. Nakayama (Eds.), A Companion to Critical Intercultural Communication Studies. Malden, MA: Blackwell.