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Deborah Bassett

  • Position:  Postdoctoral Teaching Associate
  • Department:  Communication
  • Office Location:  Building 36, Room 184
  • Campus: (850) 474-3267


Dr. Bassett is a Postdoctoral Teaching Associate in the Department of Communication at the University of West Florida where she teaches courses in communication and culture at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Her forthcoming book, Nanotechnology and Scientific Communication: Ways of Talking about Emerging Technologies and Their Impact on Society (Palgrave Macmillan), is based on her ethnographic work as a researcher with the National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network for four years.

Her areas of research include ethnography of communication, health communication, and intercultural communication.

She has presented her research nationally and internationally at conferences such as the National Communication Association Annual Meeting and the European Communication Research and Education Association’s Interpersonal Communication and Social Interaction Biannual Meeting.

Her work has been published in peer-reviewed journals across the disciplines, including Science Communication, Qualitative Inquiry, American Journal of Epidemiology, Journal of Biosocial Science, and Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology.

Prior to her current appointment, she was an Adjunct Assistant Professor in Communication at Tulane University, a Visiting Scholar at University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School for Communication, a Postdoctoral Senior Fellow and Acting Assistant Professor in Psychiatry at the University of Washington School of Medicine, and a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Colorado Denver Centers for American Indian and Alaska Native Health. She is currently an Associate Scholar with the University of Washington Center for Local Strategies Research.


Degrees & Institutions:

She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and a Master of Arts in communication arts from the University of West Florida and a Doctor of Philosophy in communication from the University of Washington.

Keywords: Community-Based Research, Discourse Analysis, Ethnography of Communication, Health Communication, Intercultural Communication, Transcultural Psychiatry