Associate Professor
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Carlos Galvan Alemán is an Associate Professor of Communication Studies, and Coordinator of the Concentration and Minor in Cultural Communication. 

Dr. Alemán grew up near Fresno, CA, and earned his B.A. and M.A. in Speech Communication at the California State University, Fresno.  He earned his Ph.D. in Communication Studies at the University of Iowa.  Dr. Aleman’s areas of teaching, research and outreach expertise include communication theory, interpersonal and cultural communication, discourse and identity in communities and in popular culture, and diversity and multicultural initiatives in educational institutions.  His research in interpersonal influence and compliance and writing on modes of communication in Latino communities has been published in Human Communication Research, the Journal International and Intercultural Communication, Communication Teacher, and the International Communication Association’s Encyclopedia of Communication

Dr. Alemán summarizes his academic and outreach interests:

'My work attends to how people use, abuse and misuse messages of gender, ethnic, faith and racial identity. One way I do this is by inviting people to reflect on their common sense and cultural understandings of self and communication. Another is to introduce them to misunderstood or under-examined understandings of self and culture, as within Latin communities. My writing in all these topics is decidedly social constructionist in perspective and tends to interweave socially critical elements.'

One on-going program of research and outreach on communication and identity examines how messages by prostate cancer survivors and their families negotiate important ideals of relationship openness, masculinity, family obligation, and sexuality. Dr. Alemán speaks to local cancer support groups about his research on this topic and, for four years, served on the American Urological Association Foundation’s Patient Education and Programs council. 

Dr. Alemán is currently one of eight JMU professors awarded partial teaching release to serve on-site at area middle or high schools as Professor in Residence.  A representative of the diversity outreach initiative of JMU’s Office of the Special Assistant to the President, Dr. Alemán develops and sponsors in-school and after-school programs and activities that empower and encourage minority and under-served middle school students who might not otherwise have college in mind for their future.

Dr. Carlos Aleman with students at Thomas Harrison Middle School 

Dr. Carlos Alemán with students at Thomas Harrison Middle School 

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