Bio (Wendy Leeds-Hurwitz)

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Wendy Leeds-Hurwitz


Associate Faculty


Communication and Culture


Wendy Leeds-Hurwitz is known for her research on intercultural communication, language and social interaction, semiotics, social construction theory, ethnography of communication, childhood socialization, and disciplinary history. Her recent books include: Erving Goffman: A Critical Introduction to Media and Communication Theory; Learning Matters: The Transformation of US Higher Education; The Social History of Language and Social Interaction; Socially Constructing Communication; From Generation to Generation: Maintaining Cultural Identity over Time; Wedding as Text: Communicating Cultural Identities through Ritual; and Semiotics and Communication: Signs, Codes, Cultures.


Leeds-Hurwitz is Director of the Center for Intercultural Dialogue, and Professor Emerita of Communication at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside. Over the past few years, she has been the Harron Family Endowed Chair in Communication at Villanova University (US), Chercheur invité at the Ecole normale supérieure de Lyon (France), Fulbright Senior Specialist at the Instituto Politécnico de Coimbra (Portugal), and Senior Fellow at the Collegium de Lyon Institut d’études avancées (France). Shorter stays have included New Zealand, Australia, China, Japan, Singapore, Finland, Estonia, Switzerland, Azerbaijan, Israel, and Northern Ireland.


Leeds-Hurwitz received her BA at the State University of New York at Binghamton, and her MA and PhD from the University of Pennsylvania. She has won campus-wide teaching and research awards and a service award from the National Communication Association in the US.