Sara DeTurk, Ph.D.

Professor, Communication

Sara DeTurk


Dr. Sara DeTurk holds degrees in communication, education, and psychology. She received her Ph.D. from Arizona State University in 2004 with a focus on Intercultural Communication. Her research is qualitative in nature and addresses social justice activism, intergroup alliances, and the role of communication in shaping ideologies about identity and difference.

Dr. DeTurk’s publications include articles on intercultural empathy, the meaning of diversity for Americans, the effects of intergroup dialogue programs, and the communication tactics of intercultural allies. These appear in journals such as Communication Education, Communication Quarterly, and The Journal of Intergroup Relations. She has also co-authored a manual for community development practitioners working with immigrants and refugees, has presented numerous papers, panels, and workshops at national and international conferences. Her most recent book is Activism, Alliance Building, and the Esperanza Peace and Justice Center, published by Lexington Books.


  • Intercultural Communication
  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Training and Group Facilitation
  • College-Level Instruction

Research Interests

  • Intercultural Communication
  • Social Justice Activism
  • Intergroup Alliances
  • Education
  • Training


  • Ph.D. in Communication, Arizona State University, Tempe (2004)
  • M.Ed. in International Education, University of Massachusetts, Amherst (1992)
  • B.A. in Psychology, University of Virginia, Charlottesville (1986)

Honors and Awards


Grants, Patents and Clinical Trials