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Michaela Winchatz

Degrees

BA in German from Rutgers College of Rutgers University in New Jersey. After receiving two Fulbright grants for study in Munich, Germany, she completed an MA in psycholinguistics/speech communication from Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich, Germany. During her doctoral studies in the United States she returned to Germany on a DAAD grant to conduct dissertation research in the town of Landau. She received her PhD in speech communication from the University of Washington in Seattle. 

Languages

English, German

Areas of Interest and Specialization

She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in cultural ways of speaking, gender and communication, intercultural communication, language and power, and fieldwork methods.

Publications and Research

Her research interests include ethnography of communication, ethnographic fieldwork methods, discourse analysis, intercultural communication, as well as German language and culture. She has published research articles and reviews in such journals as Communication Monographs, Discourse Studies, Field Methods, International Journal of Communication, Quarterly Journal of Speech, and ROLSI (Research on Language and Social Interaction).

Her most recent research focuses on cultural terms for talk in both German and English, the study of which provides insight into how talk itself is valued differently across societies, and, in turn, unveils deep normative systems that often lie at the base of intercultural misunderstandings.

Selected Publications

  • Winchatz, M. R. (accepted May, 2015). "Jammern as a German way of speaking". Handbook of Communication in Cross-Cultural Perspective, Taylor and Francis.

Awards

International
  • 2009 - DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) Re-Invitation Grant for a three-month research stay in Landau, Germany
  • 1995/1996 - DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) Annual Grant to German (10 months)
  • 1991/1992 - Fulbright Renewal Grant to Germany (12 months)
  • 1990/1991 - Fulbright Full Grant to Germany (10 months)

National

  • 2013 - Louise de Marillac Women of Spirit & Action Award
  • 2009 - Excellence in Teaching Award - College of Communication, DePaul University
  • 2009 - DePaul University Faculty Research Leave awarded for winter and spring quarters
  • 2008 - College of Communication Faculty Summer Research Grant
  • 2006 - DePaul University Undergraduate Research Assistant Program (assistant granted for summer and fall quarters)

Professional organizations

National Communication Association, Fulbright Alumni Association and the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) Alumni Association

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