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Sara Docan-Morgan

Office hours1-2 T/Th, and by appointment
Specialty area(s)interpersonal communication, family communication, Korean adoptees, race and culture
Brief biographySara Docan-Morgan (PhD, University of Washington) is an associate professor of Communication Studies. Her work has been published in the Journal of Family Communication, the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, and the Journal of Korean Adoption Studies. Her research focuses on how personal identity and family identity are formed, maintained, and negotiated through discourse in both adoptive and birth families. She teaches courses in interpersonal communication, research methods, intercultural communication, and advanced topics in interpersonal communication, and directs senior thesis projects.

Dr. Docan-Morgan is a 2014 recipient of the UW-L Provost's Teaching Award, the UW-L College of Liberal Studies Excellence in Teaching Award, and has been honored by the University of Wisconsin System as an Outstanding Woman of Color in Education.
Current courses at UW-LCST 230: Interpersonal Communication
CST 332: Intercultural Communication
CST 336: Family Communication
CST 337: Communication and Race
CST 430: Advanced Topics in Interpersonal Communication
CST 498: Research Methods
CST 499: Senior Project
Teaching historyBefore coming to UW-L, Sara taught communication courses at her two graduate alma maters, the University of Arizona and the University of Washington. She also taught communication courses at several community colleges in the Bay Area.
Research and publishingDocan-Morgan, S. (in press). "They were strangers who loved me”: Discussions, narratives, and rituals during Korean adoptees’ initial reunions with birth families. Journal of Family Communication.

Docan-Morgan, S. (2014). Adoption bibliography for interpersonal communication. Adoption and Culture, 4, 98-102

Docan-Morgan, S. (2010). “They don’t know what it’s like to be in my shoes”: Topic avoidance about race in transracially adoptive families. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 27, 336-355.

Docan-Morgan, S. (2010). Korean adoptees’ retrospective reports of intrusive interactions: Exploring boundary management in adoptive families. Journal of Family Communication, 10, 137-157.
EducationPhD, University of Washington
MA, University of Arizona
BA, Augustana College