Alberto Gonzalez, Ph.D.


  • Position: Distinguished University 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 discourses surrounding immigrant identities and explorations of popular music as rhetoric. His work has appeared in various journals, including The Quarterly Journal of Speech, Communication Studies, Journal of Contemporary China, Journal of Intercultural Communication Research, 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 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).

He is co-author of Intercultural Communication for Everyday Life (2e, 2023), and co-editor of Intercultural Memories: Contested Places, Spaces, and Stories (2021).

González served as President of the Central States Communication Association (CSCA) and in 2023, he was inducted into the CSCA Hall of Fame. He has served as the Chair of NCA’s International and Intercultural Communication Division and 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., Lee, E.Y., Park, S.H. & Park, S-Y. (2023). The Health Equity Discourse of Immigrant Public Health Leaders: A Critical Application of the IDEA Model. Communication Studies, 74(1), 13-28. This article was the recipient of the CSCA 2024 Article of the Year Award.

González, A., Jiang, X. & Taylor, A.G. Manufacturing Limitations: Stereotypes of Chinese and American Workers in American Factory. In Y. Hu & A.D. Kurylo (Eds.), Dirty Work: Communicating Stereotypes in Professional Settings, Lexington Books (in press).

Updated: 04/27/2024 12:41AM