Kathryn Sorrells is an Associate Professor of Communication Studies at California State University, Northridge.
She earned her B.A. from Carlton College in Religion, her M.A. from Antioch University, Seattle in Systems Theory and her Ph.D. from the University of New Mexico in Intercultural Communication. Forever crossing borders and challenging boundaries, Kathryn’s research and teaching interests combine approaches from intercultural communication, critical/cultural studies, performance studies, feminist and post-colonial theory to investigate globalization and culture, intercultural conflict, lesbian/gay/bi/trans issues, artistic forms of social protest, and the integration of social justice into intercultural communication studies.
Kathryn has a passion for teaching and learning about issues of culture, gender, race, class, sexuality and social justice with people of all ages and in a variety of educational settings. She teaches undergraduate and graduate level courses in intercultural communication, critical pedagogy, communication education, performance, language and cultural studies, gender studies, feminist rhetoric and theory, as well as art, communication and culture. As a potter and artist, Kathryn brings her creative interests and energy into the classroom and scholarly work.
Dr. Sorrells is the recipient of numerous national, state and local community service awards for founding and directing the community action research project that allows CSUN students the opportunity to develop creative alternatives to intercultural and interethnic conflict. In additions, Kathryn has experience as a consultant and trainer for community and educational organizations in the field of intercultural and multicultural learning. She has facilitated change processes for individuals, groups, and institutions in the areas of diversity, gender, and intercultural conflict. Dr. Sorrells is author of a forthcoming book titled Globalizing Intercultural Communication and has published a variety of articles related to intercultural communication, gender, and social justice.