Deborah A. Cai is an internationally recognized researcher specializing in intercultural communication, negotiation and conflict management, and social influence. She is a fellow of the International Association for Intercultural Research. Her research examines the effects of culture on social networks and cognitive processes related to perceptions of conflict, decision making and planning in negotiation. She has studied variations in social networks and relational obligations across cultures, particularly comparing China with Western cultures. Her scholarship addresses theoretical questions utilizing the full range of statistical techniques, from simple tests of mean differences to analyses of elaborate causal structures.
She is the editor of the four-volume set that is a part of the Sage Benchmarks in Communication, Intercultural Communication, and she has published in the premier outlets of the communication discipline, including Communication Yearbook, Human Communication Research, Communication Monographs, the Journal of Applied Communication Research and Communication Research. She has served as editor-in-chief of Negotiation and Conflict Management Research, the official journal of the International Association for Conflict Management.