Dr. Chitra Akkoor
Courses Taught: Intercultural Communication, World Cultures & Communication, Diversity in the American Family, Research Methods, Senior Project, Introduction to Communication Studies.
Education: Ph.D., Communication Studies, University of Iowa, 2011; M.A., Communication Studies, Western Michigan University, 2004; B.A., English Literature, University of Madras, 1982
Research: Cross-cultural adaptation challenges, identity, and communication of immigrants from South Asia in Europe and United States.
Publications: Akkoor, C. (in press). Recreating family in the diaspora. In L. Baxter (ed.), Remaking Family Communicatively, Peter Lang.
Baxter, L. A., & Akkoor, C. (2011). Topic expansiveness and family communication patterns. Journal of Family Communication.
Baxter, L. A., & Akkoor, C. (2008). Aesthetic love and romantic love in close relationships: A case study in East Indian arranged marriages. In R. C. Arnett & K. G. Roberts (Eds.), Communication ethics: Between cosmopolitanism and provinciality. Peter Lang.
Selected Conference Presentations: Recreating Community: Afghan Hindus in Germany. Paper presented at the Eight Interdisciplinary Social Sciences Conference in Prague, Czech Republic, July, 2013.
Constructing family: Afghan Hindu refugees in Germany. Paper presented at the NCA annual conference in Orlando, FL, Nov, 2012.
Contesting religion, contesting culture in the diaspora: A case study of Asian Indian Hindus in the U.S.A. Paper presented at the NCA Summer Conference on Intercultural Dialogue in Istanbul, Turkey, July, 2009.