Deborah A. Cai
Deborah A. Cai
Senior Associate Dean
Professor
Departments: Dean’s Office, Communication and Social Influence, Globalization and Development Communication, Media & Communication
Annenberg Hall, Room 334

Biography

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 YearbookHuman Communication ResearchCommunication 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.

Title

Type of Award

Date

Award for Outstanding Service

International Association for Conflict Management

2015

Research Award

School of Media and Communication, Temple University

2010

Fellow

International Association for Intercultural Research

Designated in 2008

Number

Name

Level

STRC 3801

Intercultural Communication

Undergraduate

STRC 5002

Leadership in Crisis and Conflict Management

Graduate

STRC 9020

Intercultural Negotiation

Graduate

MMC 9101

Communication Theory II

Doctorate

MMC 9700

Intercultural Communication Seminar

Doctorate

Type

Publication Title

Co-Authors

Publisher

Location

Year

Misc.

Journal Article

A cross-cultural analysis of avoidance: Behind-the-scenes strategies in interpersonal conflicts.

Han, B.

Intercultural Communication Studies

2015

XXIV(2), 84-122

Journal Article

“I want to talk about, again, my record on energy . . . ”: Modeling topic control in conversations using speaker-centric nonparametric topic models.

Nguyen, V.-A., Boyd-Graber, J., Resnik, P., Cai, D. A., Midberry, J., & Wang, Y.

Machine Learning

2014

95, 381-421

Book Chapter

Quantitative methods for conflict communication research. In The SAGE handbook of conflict communication: Integrating theory, research, and practice.

Fink, E. L.

Sage

Thousand Oaks, CA

2013

pp. 41-66

Book Chapter

Discrepancy models of belief change. In The SAGE handbook of persuasion.

Fink, E. L.

Sage

Thousand Oaks, CA

2013

pp. 84-103

Journal Article

The effect of conflict goals on avoidance strategies: What does not communicating communicate?

Wang, Q., Fink, E. L.

Human Communication Research

2012

38, 222-252

Book

Intercultural Communication

Sage

Thousand Oaks, CA

2010

4 Volume set

Journal Article

Face goals in apology: A cross-cultural comparison of Chinese and U.S. Americans.

Han, B.

Journal of Asian Pacific Communication

2010

20(1), 102-124

Journal Article

Loneliness, gender, and parasocial interaction: A uses and gratifications approach.

Wang, Q., Fink, E. L.

Communication Quarterly

2008

55(4), 87-109

Book Chapter

Whom do you trust? A cross-cultural comparison. In International and multicultural organizational communication.

Hung, C. J. F.

Hampton Press

Cresskill, NJ

2005

pp. 73-104

Book Chapter

Cultural structuring of the social context of negotiation. In M. J. Gelfand & J. M. Brett (Eds.), The handbook of negotiation and culture.

Gelfand, M. J.

Stanford University Press

2004

pp. 238-257

Journal Article

Semantics of social influence: Threats vs. persuasion.

Fink, E. L., Kaplowitz, S. A., Chung, S., Kim, J. N., & Van Dyke, M. A.

Communication Monographs

2003

70(4), 295-316

Journal article

Conflict style differences among individualists and collectivists.

Fink, E. L.

Communication Monographs

2002

pp. 69, 67-87

Journal Article

Culture in context: Individualism/collectivism, negotiator role, framing, and paths to integrative agreements

Wilson, S. R., Drake, L.

Human Communication Research

2000

26, 591-617

Journal Article

Culture, plans, and the pursuit of negotiation goals.

Journal of Asian Pacific Communication

1998

8, 103-123

Book Chapter

The business of business negotiation: An intercultural perspective.

Drake, L.

Communication Yearbook

1998

21, 153-190

Title

Date

The cultural shift from role to emotion. Delivered at five universities over two weeks: Hong Kong Baptist University, National Taiwan Normal University, National Taiwan University, Wuhan University (Wuhan, China), Xiamen University (Xiamen, China).

October 2013

Empowering women to be leaders in peacebuilding and social change in post-conflict nations (The case of Afghanistan diplomacy). Florida Atlantic University’s Peace Studies Program, Boca Raton, Florida

March 2012

Gender communication and leadership. Trainer for Women’s Campaign International to train civil servants from Afghanistan, funded by the Foreign Ministry of Italy, Rome, Italy.

May 2011

Gender communication and leadership. Trainer for three-day training for Women’s Campaign International to train diplomats from Afghanistan, funded by the Foreign Ministry of Italy, Rome, Italy.

November 2010

Risk communication. Invited trainer; presented a series of lectures for a five-day training conference for government representatives of developing nations in APEC (Asian Pacific Economic Commission), Manila, Philippines.

June 2008

Roundtable on cross-cultural communication in a globalized world; Department of Defense.

September 2008

Coding messages from al-Qa'ida leaders for reference, target, and persuasive approaches. Invited presentation for the Department of Homeland Security Annual University Network Summit on Research and Education, Washington, DC.

May 2007

Title

Description

Dates Active

Co-investigator

Language Evidence for Social Goals: A Linguistic Approach to Persuasion Moves in Discourse. (Application accepted May 2009). IARPA grant; Philip Resnik,Institute for Advanced Computer Studies, Principle investigator.  Base year $530, 950 (2009–2010); renewed for Option Year One: $923, 489 (2010–2011); renewed for Option Year Two: $550,000 (2011–2012).

2009–2012

Principal investigator

Project analyzing and coding 53 translated transcripts from leaders of  al’Qaeda, provided by the FBI, funded in part by START at the University of Maryland.

2007–2008

Principal investigator

Perceptions of the U.S. in Chinese printed news media. $45,000 contract from the U.S.-China Commission awarded to the Institute of Global Chinese Affairs & the Department of Communication, University of Maryland.

2002

Name

Type of Service

Position

Dates Active

Negotiation and Conflict Management Research

Journal

Editor

July 2012–November 2015

Title

Type of Award

Date

Award for Outstanding Service

International Association for Conflict Management

2015

Research Award

School of Media and Communication, Temple University

2010

Fellow

International Association for Intercultural Research

Designated in 2008