Dr. Yea-Wen Chen Yea-Wen Chen
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Dr. Chen (Ph.D., The University of New Mexico, 2010) is an Assistant Professor of Intercultural Communication at San Diego State University. She joins the faculty at SDSU after teaching for six years and recently being awarded tenure by the School of Communication Studies at Ohio University. Her teaching and research interests center on the intersection of cultural identity, immigration, (counter)storytelling, and relationship building. As a whole, her scholarship aims to raise consciousness of the particular ways in which communication (including silence) about cultural identities impacts diversity, inclusion, and social justice. She attends to these inter/cultural dynamics within interpersonal communication and nonprofit communication sites, and across local and global contexts. She has published in both national and international communication journals, including Journal of International and Intercultural Communication, Communication Monographs, Journal of Intercultural Communication Research, China Media Research, and Environmental Communication: A Journal of Nature and Culture, and VOLUNTAS: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations. She is also a member of the SDSU’s Faculty-in-Residence team serving University Towers residence hall.     



Dr. Chen teaches courses in intercultural communication, interpersonal communication, conflict management, and organizational communication. As an engaged scholar, she is also a certified mediator and diversity educator. Overall, her teaching philosophy is informed by both critical pedagogy and intercultural praxis.

  1. Intercultural Communication
  2. Organizational Communication
  3. Interpersonal Communication
  4. Culture and Conflict Negotiation


Key Publications:


  1. Chen, Y.-W., & Lawless, B. (2016). Immigrant women negotiating shifting meanings of work and confronting micro-aggressions with/in the Ivory Tower. In S. Shenoy-Packer & E. Gabor (Eds.), Immigrant workers and meanings of work: Communicating life and career transitions (pp. 99-111). New York, NY: Peter Lang.
  1. Chen, Y.-W., Simmons, N., & Kang, D. (2015). “My family isn’t racist—however…”: Multiracial/Multicultural Obama-ism as an ideological barrier to teaching intercultural communication. Journal of International and Intercultural Communication, 8(2), 167-186. doi:10.1080/17513057.2015.1025331
  1. Chen, Y.-W. (2014). Pan-Asian organizing for empowerment? Unpacking nonprofit discourses across organizational status positions. The Howard Journal of Communications, 25(3), 350-371. doi:10.1080/10646175.2014.924451
  1. Chen, Y.-W. (2014). “Are you an immigrant?”: Identity-based critical reflections of teaching intercultural communication. New Directions for Teaching and Learning, 2014(138), 5-16. doi:10.1002/tl.20091        
  1. Chen, Y.-W., & Collier, M. J. (2012). Intercultural identity positioning: Interview discourses from two identity-based nonprofit organizations. Journal of International and Intercultural Communication, 5(1), 43-63. doi:10.1080/17513057.2011.631215


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