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Ph.D., University of New Mexico (2011)
M.A., California State University, Northridge (2005)
B.A., California State University, Northridge (2003)
Intercultural communication, theories of identity, globalization, cultural studies, critical race theory and feminist theory
Intercultural Communication, Advanced Intercultural Communication, Gender and Communication, Globalization and Critical Literacy (special topic), Public Speaking
Sekimoto, S. (2012). A multimodal approach to identity: Theorizing the self through embodiment, spatiality, and temporality. Journal of International and Intercultural Communication, 226-243. doi: 10.1080/17513057.2012.689314
Sekimoto, S. (2011). Materiality of the self: Toward a reconceptualization of identity in communication. In T. Kuhn (Ed.), Matters of communication: Political, cultural and technological challenges (pp. 47-63). New York: Hampton.
As an educator, I conduct my instruction through rigorous readings, focused discussion, and interactive lecture. I focus on the importance of praxis (both theory and practice) in teaching intercultural communication. My goal is not to teach a set of predetermined skills for effective communication, but to provide my students with opportunities to explore, reflect, and experiment with the challenges and rewards of intercultural communication. I emphasize critical and reflexive thinking as well as student leadership in shaping the classroom learning.
In my research, I theorize the experiences of human communication through cultural and phenomenological perspectives. My primary focus is to expand the critical inquiry on the "politics of difference" to the "genesis of differences." I am interested not only in the structure of power relations that shape human communication, but also where and how differences come to matter in lived social realities and identities. My theorizing is largely informed by phenomenology, poststructuralism, critical theories, feminist theories, critical race theory, and globalization studies.