Sachi Sekimoto, Ph.D.

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Address: Nelson Hall 125 (NH 125)
Phone: (507) 389-2510

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  • Ph.D. in Communication from University of New Mexico
  • M.A. in Communication Studies from California State University, Northridge
  • B.A. in Communication Studies from California State University, Northridge

A native of Tokyo, Japan, Sachi is a Professor in the Department of Communication and Media at Minnesota State University, Mankato. Her research interests include phenomenological and somatosensory experiences of culture, identity, and embodiment. Her scholarship broadly asks the following question: how do we incorporate, internalize, and embody social beliefs, cultural values, and ideological norms? She has written various articles and book chapters on issues related to the embodied politics of transnational identity, the phenomenology of racialized embodiment, and intercultural communication in global contexts. She is a co-author of Globalizing Intercultural Communication: A Reader (Sage, 2016, with Kathryn Sorrells) and Race and the Senses: The Felt Politics of Racial Embodiment (Bloomsbury Academic, forthcoming in 2020, with Christopher Brown). Sachi has received multiple top paper awards and outstanding publication awards from National Communication Association and Central States Communication Association. As an instructor, her teaching style emphasizes active participation, critical thinking, and focused discussion on the course material. In recent years, Sachi developed and taught several special topic courses, including Race and Communication as well as Food, Culture & Identity.

Recent Publications:
Sekimoto, S. & Brown, C. (Routledge, 2020). Race and the Senses: The Felt Politics of Racial Embodiment. London & New York: Routledge.

Sekimoto, S. (2018). Race and the senses: Toward articulating the sensory apparatus of race. Critical Philosophy of Race, 6(1), 82-100.

Brown, C., McCasland, B., Paris, M., & Sekimoto, S. (2018). Walking through Wakanda: A critical multimodal analysis of Afrofuturism in the Black Panther comic book. In O.O. Banjo (Ed.), Media across the African Diaspora: Content, Audiences, and Global Influence. New York: Routledge.

Brown, C. & Sekimoto, S. (2017). Engaging critical pedagogy in the classroom: A student-centered approach to advertising education. Journal of Advertising Education, 21(2), 18-24. doi: 10.1177/109804821702100207

Sekimoto, S. (2017). Sensorial homecoming: A reflection on home, culture, and identity. In T. Yamamoto (Ed.), Direct Path to Detour (pp. 16-19). Portland: Container Corps.

Sekimoto, S. & Yajima, Y. (2017). The affective politics of the feminine: An interpassive analysis of Japanese female comedians. In S. Toyosaki & S. Eguchi (Eds.), Intercultural Communication in Japan: Theorizing homogenizing discourses (27-40). New York: Routledge.

Sorrells, K. & Sekimoto, S. (Eds.). (2016). Globalizing Intercultural Communication: A Reader. Los Angeles: Sage.

Sekimoto, S. & Brown, C. (2016). A phenomenology of the racialized tongue: Embodiment, language, and the bodies that speak. Departures in Critical Qualitative Research, 5(2), 101-122. doi: 10.1525/dcqr.2016.5.2.101

Asante, G., Sekimoto, S. & Brown, C. (2016). Becoming Black: Exploring the racialized experiences of African immigrants in the United States. The Howard Journal of Communications, 27(4), 367-384. doi: 10.1080/10646175.2016.1206047

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