Dr. Yea-Wen Chen

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Dr. Chen (Ph.D., The University of New Mexico) is an Associate Professor in the School of Communication at San Diego State University. Her research and pedagogy aim to raise consciousness of the particular and specific ways in which communication—including silence—about cultural identities impacts equity, inclusion, and social justice across contexts. She is the winner of 18 top paper awards at regional, national, and international communication conferences, and also a co-recipient of the 2020 Exemplary Teacher Award by the Communication & Instructional Interest Group, Western States Communication Association. Besides peer-reviewed journal articles, she has co-authored Teaching social justice: Critical tools for the intercultural communication classroom (Roman & Littlefield, 2021). She has also co-edited Intercultural memories: Contesting places, spaces, and stories (Peter Lang, 2021); Postcolonial turn and geopolitical uncertainty: Transnational critical intercultural communication pedagogy (Lexington Books, 2021); and Our Voices: Essays in Culture, Ethnicity, and Communication (6th Edition, Oxford University Press, 2015). At San Diego State University, Dr. Chen teaches courses such as: COMM 371 Intercultural Communication, COMM 771 Intercultural Communication, COMM 707 Instructional Communication, and Honor 113 Communicating Differences that Matter for Social Change. With extended families in Taiwan and Japan, she lives in San Diego with her husband and their elementary-school-aged child.

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