Kristine's research and theory are centered in the ethnography of speaking based on fieldwork in Colombia, England, Spain, Finland, and the Midwestern U.S. Her current work centers around persuasion and personal relationships in cultural context, particularly in moments of poaching and improvisation at the intersections of public (media representations and discourses) and private (everyday conversation between, and relational narratives of, relational partners. Her work combines elements of sociolinguistics, pragmatics, and the ethnography of speaking. She teaches ethnographic theory and methods, persuasion, and writing as ethnographic method at the graduate level, and teaches persuasion and Core Concepts of Communication at the undergraduate level. Kristine's work has received the Gerald R. Miller Award for Outstanding Research in Interpersonal Communication (1999), the Outstanding Scholarship in Language and Social Interaction Award (2009) and, with Kathleen Valde, the B. Aubrey Fisher Outstanding Article Award (2005). She has been a Leverhulme Fellow in the UK (1999), a University of Iowa Global Scholar (1998-99) and was a Fulbright Dissertation Fellow in Colombia (1987).
Power in theory, in data and in pragmatics research, Sociolinguistic Studies (2010)
In this review I examine the different approaches to power theorized in this collection, attending...
Behind the Scenes III: Quality Control, Excellence, and the Construction of, Research on Language and Social Interaction (2009)
La conversacion de contacto en parejas romanticas de larga duracion (Small talk in long romantic couples), Oralia (2008)
Cognitive Aspects of Ethnographic Inquiry, Discourse Studies (2006)
This article proposes that despite an explicit emphasis on language in use, the interpretive nature...
Actual Practice of Compliance Seeking (with Robert E. Sanders), Communication Theory (2006)
We specify 2 independent theoretical frameworks in which it is a practical necessity to engage...
Persuasion works through personality, emotion, attitudes, perceptions, and a variety of mind tricks and games,...
Contributions to Books
Qualitative methods in interpersonal communication research (with Karen Tracy), Sage handbook of interpersonal communication (2011)
Culture and Interpersonal Relationships, New Directions in Interpersonal Communication Research (2009)
Directives and Requests, International Encyclopedia of Communication (2008)
The Persuasive Nature of Emotion and the Cultural Nature of Feelings in Organizations (with M. Foley), Interacting and Organizing: Analyses of a Management Meeting (Routledge Communication Series) (2007)
Friendship and Culture (with S. Duck), Friends and Friendship (2006)
Te voy a tutearMetacommunication and personal address in post-Millenial Madrid. (with D. Chornet), National Communication Association (2012)
Metapragmatic framing of personal address patterns: Comparisons between Madrid and Bogotá (with D. Chornet), Pragmatics of the Americas Conference (2012)
Ethnography of communication in the digital world, Ways Forward in Ethnography. Creighton University (2012)
The art and science of ethnographic analysis, Saint Louis University of Madrid, (2012)