Keith Berry (Ph.D. Southern Illinois University Carbondale, 2004) is a Professor in the Department of Communication at University of South Florida (USF). His research and teaching use a cultural approach to explore relational communication, primarily the ways social interactions and relationships inform and sometimes govern identities and identity formation/negotiation. Much of his research has focused on LGBTQ cultures and identities, communication and bullying, and the uses of reflexivity in research and writing that uses autoethnography. Issues concerning inclusion, equity, and social justice dwell at the heart of his work. He teaches a diverse number of courses including queering communication, communication and gender, interpersonal conflict, identity, bullying, mindfulness, and autoethnography.
Dr. Berry is the co-author and author of several books including Interpersonal Conflict, 11th ed. (McGraw Hill), Living Sexuality: Stories of LGBTQ Relationships, Identities, and Desires (Brill/Sense)and Bullied: Tales of Torment, Youth, and Identity (Routledge). Bullied was honored with the 2017 Goodall/Trujillo “It’s a Way of Life” Award from the International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, the 2017 Innovator Award from the Central States Communication Association, and the 2016 Best Book Award from the National Communication Association’s Ethnography Division. His research has also appeared in books such as the Cambridge Handbook of Identity and the Handbook of Autoethnography, and in scholarly journals such as the International Journal of Qualitative Research, Qualitative Inquiry, Cultural Studies Critical Methodologies and Journal of Applied Communication Research.
Dr. Berry is the past Chair of the Ethnography Division of the National Communication Association and past Co-chair of the National Communication Association’s Anti-bullying Task Force. He has worked extensively to use his research and teaching in community engagement, and has led talks and workshops on bullying, storytelling and bullying prevention, and mindfulness and compassionate communication.