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Faculty & Staff

Elizabeth A. Suter

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Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies
303-871-4492
Sturm Hall, Room 294
esuter@du.edu

 

Background

  • BA, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • MA, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • PhD, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Interests

Dr. Suter earned her PhD in Communication Studies and a graduate minor in Women's Studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a primary emphasis on interpersonal and family communication where her teaching and research continue to focus today. Most recently, Dr. Suter has been crystalizing the emergent area of Critical Interpersonal and Family Communication or CIFC (http://portfolio.du.edu/esuter). At its heart, CIFC calls for a centering on issues of power and praxis in contemporary studies of relationships and families. Dr. Suter has been mentoring graduate student theses and dissertations in the area of CIFC and is currently in the process of developing a number of graduate-level seminars in this new area. To date, she has developed a seminar in Critical Interpersonal and Family Communication and a seminar on Relational Dialectics Theory 2.0 and its tandem critical discourse analytic method, contrapuntal analysis. Whereas CIFC works to illuminate a number of critically-inflected theories and methods to realize this critical turn, Dr. Suter's current empirical research with her graduate research teams utilizes Relational Dialectics Theory 2.0 and contrapuntal analysis. Dr. Suter's topical areas of expertise focus on non-traditional relational forms and families, including but not limited to lesbian co-mother families and adoptive families (with particular in-depth knowledge about transracially, internationally adoptive families and domestic U.S. foster-care adoptions). Dr. Suter is currently co-editing the second edition of Engaging Theories of Family Communication. Her most recent can be found in Communication Theory, Communication Monographs, and the Journal of Family Communication where she recently co-edited a special issue on Critical Approaches to Family Communication Research and Praxis. She currently serves on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Family Communication and as an officer for the Family Communication Division of the National Communication Association.