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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Dr. Sachi Sekimoto

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Associate Professor

201Q Armstrong Hall
(507) 389-1270

[PDF] Curriculum Vita (493 KiB)


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, phenomenology, sensory studies, affect theory, theories of cultural embodiment, cultural identity, globalization, race, gender & sexuality.


Intercultural Communication, Advanced Intercultural Communication, Gender and Communication, Globalization and Critical Literacy (special topic), Race and Communication (special topic), Communication Pedagogy, Communication Theory, Introduction to Communication Studies

Recent Publications

Sorrells, K. & Sekimoto, S. (Eds.). (2016). Globalizing intercultural communication: A reader.
Los Angeles: Sage.

Sekimoto, S. & Brown, C. (2016). A phenomenology of the racialized tongue: Embodiment,
language, and the bodies that speak. Departures in Critical Qualitative Research, 5(2), 101-122. doi: 10.1525/dcqr.2016.5.2.101

Asante, G., Sekimoto, S. & Brown, C. (2016). Becoming Black: Exploring the racialized
experiences of African immigrants in the United States. The Howard Journal of
Communication, 27
(4), 367-384.

Villalobos-Romo, G. & Sekimoto, S. (2016). A view from the other side: Technology, media,
and transnational families in Mexico-U.S. migration. In K. Sorrells & S. Sekimoto (Eds.),
Globalizing intercultural communication: A reader (65-76). Los Angeles: Sage

Sekimoto, S. (2014). Transnational Asia: Dis/orienting identity in the globalized world.
Communication Quarterly, 62(4), 1-18. (The Distinguished Scholarship Award, Outstanding Article by the Division of International and Intercultural Communication, NCA, 2015).

Sekimoto, S. (2012). A multimodal approach to identity: Theorizing the self
through embodiment, spatiality, and temporality. Journal of International and
Intercultural Communication, 5
(3), 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 to communication theorizing. Cresskill, NJ: Hampton.

Sekimoto, S. & Yajima, Y. (In press). The affective politics of the feminine:
An interpassive analysis of Japanese female comedians. In S. Toyosaki & S. Eguchi
(Eds.), Intercultural communication in Japan: Theorizing homogenizing discourses. New York: Routledge.

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 write broadly on issues related to race, culture, identity, ideology, and embodiment from critical 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 experiences and identities. My theorizing is largely informed by phenomenology, sensory studies, poststructuralism, critical theories, feminist theories, critical race theory, and globalization studies.