College of Communication > Faculty & Staff > Faculty A-Z > Michaela Winchatz
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.
She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in cultures in conversation, gender and communication, intercultural communication, language and power, and fieldwork methods.
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, Journal of Friendship Studies (AMITY), Quarterly Journal of Speech, and
Research on Language and Social Interaction (ROLSI).
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.