Lisa Coutu, Principal Lecturer, specializes in the study of communication and culture, the ethnography of communication, and discourse analysis. In particular, her research interests involve the study of how groups’ ways of speaking are created and maintained within the context of coexisting and competing ways of speaking. She teaches undergraduate courses in language, culture, and communication, intercultural communication, and communication approaches to the study of war. She is the Associate Director of the UW Center for Local Strategies Research, and an Associate Director of the Communication Leadership program. She is a 2003 recipient of the University of Washington’s Distinguished Teaching Award, and a 2008 recipient of the UW Educational Outreach award for Teaching Excellence in Distance Learning.
John Crowley is an assistant professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Washington. His research focuses on the intersection between health and interpersonal communication. He is particularly interested in understanding how people that are coping with difficult life experiences can communicate in ways that bring about positive changes at the physiological, psychological, and relational levels. His current projects investigate the role of social support in helping people cope with racial discrimination. His research has been published in such outlets as Human Communication Research, Personal Relationships, and School Psychology International.
Valerie Manusov, Professor, has served as Chair for the Interpersonal and Nonverbal Communication Divisions of the National Communication Association and for the Interpersonal Communication Interest Group of the Western States Communication Association. Professor Manusov teaches courses in Interpersonal and Nonverbal Communication at the graduate and undergraduate level and leads the departmental honors program. She is the co-editor of The Sage Handbook of Nonverbal Communication, and the editor or co-editor of two other volumes. Her recent research focuses primarily on the ways in which nonverbal events are interpreted and how such discourse represents particular views about the nature of nonverbal communication, cultural values, relational quality, and other attributes. Currently, she is working on a research team investigating how mindfulness plays out in interpersonal relationships and serves on UW’s Graduate Council.
Current Graduate Students:

Joseph Whitt
Lauren Fine
Lisa Robles
Cheri Brown