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Alice Fanari

Departments

Communication Studies

Education

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Communication, University of Arizona (2018-2023)
  • Master of Arts in Communication, University of Nebraska at Omaha (2016-2018)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Communication, University of Nebraska at Omaha (2012-2015)

Awards

  • Dissertation Fellowship, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, University of Arizona, June 2022
  • Contemplative Research & Transformation Award, Center for Compassion Studies, University of Arizona
  • Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching, Student Section, National Communication Association, November 2022
  • Excellence in Teaching, Department of Communication, University of Arizona, Fall 2020

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Alice Fanari is a Postdoctoral Teaching Associate in the Department of Communication Studies at Northeastern University. Fanari received her PhD in Communication from the University of Arizona and her Master of Arts in Communication from the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

Fanari’s research is situated at the intersection of intercultural and interpersonal communication. She is particularly interested in the role of communication practices (e.g., self-disclosure, sensemaking, storytelling) to facilitate cross-cultural transitions of international sojourners, including (international) college students, returning missionaries, and military personnel. Her ongoing work explores sojourner reentry as a process jointly negotiated and co-constructed through communication by returning students and their parents after the study abroad experience.

Fanari is the lead author on numerous articles in peer-reviewed scholarly journals, including the Journal of Intercultural Communication Research, International Journal of Intercultural Relations, Journal of Family Communication, and American Journal of Qualitative Research. Fanari has many years of teaching experience at the undergraduate level in a variety of communication courses.

Research/Publications Highlights

Fanari, A., & Segrin, C. (2023). Reentry shock and the role of communication in psychological health: A study of abrupt reentry during the COVID-19 pandemic. Journal of Intercultural Communication Research, 52(5), 493–512. https://doi.org/10.1080/17475759.2023.2239819

Fanari, A., Gahler, H., Gim, H., Case, T., & Harwood, J. (2023). Negative side effects of music listening during cross-cultural transitions: Exploring how music hinders cross-cultural (re)adaptation among student sojourners. International Journal of Intercultural Relationships, 95, 101828. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijintrel.2023.101828

Fanari, A., & Segrin, C. (2023). Disrupted sojourn and forced reentry: A qualitative inquiry of college students’ experiences, stressors, and coping strategies after returning home during the COVID-19 pandemic. Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, 35(1), 249–274. https://doi.org/10.36366/frontiers.v35i1.712

Fanari, A., Cooper, R. A., Dajches, L., Beck, G., Pitts, M. J. (2023). Transferable resilience practices: Communication and resilience of military spouses during the initial stages of the COVID-19 pandemic. Journal of Family Communication, 23(1), 1–21. https://doi.org/10.1080/15267431.2022.2149528

Fanari, A., & Cooper, R. A. (2022). What’s my purpose now? A qualitative inquiry into missionaries’ experience and use of communication after first-time missionary service. Journal of Communication and Religion, 45(1), 25–42.

Fanari, A., Gahler, H., Case, T., Gim, H., & Harwood, J. (2022). Study abroad soundtracks: Exploring the role of music in cross-cultural (re)adaptation among U.S. and international students. Journal of Intercultural Communication Research, 51(5), 510–527. https://doi.org/10.1080/17475759.2022.2028657

Fanari, A., & Segrin, C. (2021). Longitudinal effects of U.S. students’ reentry shock on psychological health after returning home during the COVID-19 global pandemic. International Journal of Intercultural Relations, 82, 298–310. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijintrel.2021.04.013

Fanari, A., Liu, R. W., & Foerster, T. (2021). Homesick or sick-of-home? Examining the effects of reverse culture shock on students’ self-disclosure after studying abroad: A mixed-method study. Journal of Intercultural Communication Research, 50(3), 273–303. https://doi.org/10.1080/17475759.2020.1866643