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Minnesota State University, Mankato

Minnesota State University, Mankato

Dr. Sachi Sekimoto

Page address: http://www.mnsu.edu/cmst/faculty/sekimoto.html

Assistant Professor

201Q Armstrong Hall
(507) 389-1270
Fax: (507) 389-3284
sachi.sekimoto@mnsu.edu

Education

Ph.D., University of New Mexico (2011) 
M.A., California State University, Northridge (2005)
B.A., California State University, Northridge (2003)

Research/Creative Interests

Intercultural communication, theories of identity, globalization, cultural studies, critical race theory and feminist theory

Courses

Intercultural Communication, Advanced Intercultural Communication, Gender and Communication, Globalization and Critical Literacy (special topic), Public Speaking

Recent Publications

Sorrells, K. & Sekimoto, S. (Eds.). (in press). Globalizing intercultural communication: A reader. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage. 

Sekimoto, S. (2014). Transnational Asia: Dis/orienting identity in the globalized world. Communication Quarterly, 62(4), 381-398. doi: 10.1080/01463373.2014.922485

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.

Additional Information

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.