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John R.



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Professor of Communication

School of Communication   Illinois State University

Updated 11 February 2016


I am a teacher of intercultural communication, as well as communication theory, psychology of language, aging and communication, and qualitative research.

Publications and Presentations:

I have published four books and several journal articles and book chapters on intercultural communication. These include:

·       Baldwin, J. R., Means-Coleman, R, & González, A., Shenoy-Packer, S. (2014). Intercultural communication for everyday life. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing.

·   Baldwin, J. R., Faulkner, S. L., Hecht, M. L., & Lindsley, S. L. (Eds.). (2006). Redefining culture: Perspectives across the disciplines. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

·   Baldwin, J. R., Perry, S. D., & Moffitt, M. A. (Eds.). (2004). Communication theories for everyday life. Boston: Allyn & Bacon.

·       Baldwin, J. R. (in press). Murky waters: The histories of intercultural communication research. In L. Chen (Ed.), Handbook of Intercultural CommunicationVol. 9. New York, NY: Mouton de Gruyter.

·       Baldwin, J. R. (In Press). Culture, prejudice, racism, and discrimination. Communication: Oxford Research Encyclopedia. Available at:

·    Ribeau, S. A., Baldwin, J. R., & Hecht, M. L. (2015). An African American communication perspective. In L. A. Samovar, R. E. Porter, E. R. McDaniel, & C. S. Roy (Eds.). Intercultural communication: A reader (14th ed., pp. 182-189). Boston, MA: Cengage.

·       Chidester, P. J., & Baldwin, J. R. (2013). Shattering myths: Brazil’s Tropicália movement. In L.Shaw (Ed.), Song and social change in Latin America (pp. 27-48). Lanham, MD: Lexington.

·       Hughes, P. C., Baldwin, J. R., & Olaniran, B. (2013). Pathways to marital satisfaction in interfaith and interracial marriages. In S. Marrow & D. Leoutsakas (Eds.). More than blood: Today’s reality and tomorrow’s vision of family. Dubuque, IA: Kendall-Hunt.

I have also presented over 150 talks on and off campus, including for corporations such as RLI Insurance, Ameren Corporation, and YWCA on a range of topics including different types of  diversity (national, regional, age, sex/gender, race/ethnicity), stereotypes in the workplace, cultural adjustment, and other aspects of communication. I served on the Diversity Action Council for Unit 5 School district, have lectured or taught students from many different countries (e.g., South Korea, Germany, Brazil, Mexico), and do frequent in-service work with ISU’s English Language Institute and Office of International Studies. I worked as a business consultant for Cultural Awareness International, providing training to U.S employees moving abroad and employees from other countries coming to work in the United States.

Research Interests:

Intercultural/Intergroup Communication and Tolerance: My research interests usually involve culture or groupness in some way. For example, my masters' thesis was on interethnic marriages (Anglo-Latino). In my dissertation, I investigated how Caucasian Americans perceive the terms "race" and what behaviors they perceive to be "racist." In various research projects, I am looking at the link between communication behaviors and stereotypes, at cross-cultural understandings of sexual harassment, at communicative strategies in interethnic romances, and at different ethnic perspectives at what constitutes "racism."

Multidisciplinary Understandings of Culture: In different essays and a recent book on the definition of culture (Lawrence Erlbaum Publishers), I strive to see how different disciplinary views, as well as different methods and even different assumptions about the world can inform our understandings of the nature of culture and of intolerance, such as racism and sexism.

Latin American Studies: I am also interested in communication in Latin America (Brazil specifically) and the social construction of gender and “race” in Latin America. With knowledge of both Spanish and Portuguese, I have made presentations on Latin American communication and relationship patterns. I have published essays on the social construction of gender in Brazil and Latin America and done several presentations on the construction of “race,” particularly in Brazil. I am currently doing some consulting in Brazilian culture and language (teaching Portuguese to local business professionals). My next major research agenda will be to look at the social construction of “race” in Música Popular Brasileira (popular Brazilian music), and then to focus in on how it is negotiated in the work of specific artists, like Milton Nascimento, the Tropicália Movement, the Paralamas de Successo, and Legião Urbana.

My philosophy

I believe that to understand most things in our society, we need to move beyond the walls of our own disciplines, to work together, to weave understanding from the threads of different methodologies and perspectives. And my faith in a Creator-God who cares about all people equally drives my desire to promote tolerance through my research and teaching.

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