Alberto Gonzalez, Ph.D.


  • Position: Acting Director and Professor
  • Phone: 419-372-6076
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  • Address: 300 Kuhlin Center


Dr. González works in the areas of intercultural communication and rhetorical criticism. His published research includes examinations of the political discourse of Mexican American activists and explorations of popular music as a mode of communication. His work has appeared in various journals, including The Quarterly Journal of Speech, Youth Theatre Journal, Western Journal of Communication, Southern Communication Journal, and Communication Quarterly.  He has co-edited several books, including Our Voices: Essays in Culture, Ethnicity and Communication (now in its 6th edition) and Mediating Cultures: Parenting in Intercultural Contexts. He is co-author of Intercultural Communication for Everyday Life.

González also co-edited The Rhetorical Legacy of Wangari Maathai: Planting the Future, which was recipient of the 2019 Edited Book of the Year Award by the International & Intercultural Communication Division of the National Communication Association (NCA).

González is currently President of the Central States Communication Association. He has served as the Chair of NCA’s International and Intercultural Communication Division. From 2007-2012 he served as Chair of NCA’s Affirmative Action & Intercaucus Committee.


Ph.D. Communication, Ohio State University
M.A. Communication Ohio State University
B.S. Speech Education, Bowling Green State University

Courses Taught:

Intercultural Communication
Intercultural Rhetoric
Rhetorical Criticism
Humanistic Research Methods
Contemporary Rhetorical Theory
Introduction to Communication
Business & Professional Speaking
Philosophical Foundations of Communication Studies

Vitae in PDF

Select Representative Works:

González, A., & Bardhan, S. (2017). Rhetoric and intercultural communication. In Y.Y. Kim, (Eds.), International encyclopedia of intercultural communication. Malden, MA: Wiley & Sons.

González, A., & Donofrio, A. (2017). Disability cultures and the intercultural communication course. In M.S. Jeffress, (Eds.), Pedagogy, disability and communication: Applying disability studies in the classroom (pp. 111-128). New York, NY: Routledge.

Updated: 07/06/2022 05:00PM