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 Carolyn Ellis's CV  


Carolyn Ellis is professor of communication and sociology at the University of South Florida. She is the author of Fisher Folk: Two Communities on Chesapeake Bay, Final Negotiations: A Story of Love, Loss, and Chronic Illness, The Ethnographic I: A Methodological Novel about Autoethnography, four edited collections, and more than 100 articles, chapters, essays, and autoethnographic stories. Her forthcoming book isentitled, Autoethnographic Tales: Rewriting a Life. She currently is theco-editor for the book series, Writing Lives: Narrative Ethnography withLeft Coast Press.


Professor Ellis has served as President of Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction and chair and founding member of two divisions of national organizations, "The Ethnography Division" of National Communication Association and "The Emotions Section" of American Sociological Association. She has given approximately fifty invited workshops and keynote presentations all over the world, including the United States, South Africa, Finland, Italy, Canada, China, and Denmark. She has held honorary and visiting scholar positions, such as Honorary Professor at the Communication University of China. Her work has been featured and discussed in numerous national and international convention sessions and panels, books, and scholarly and review articles.


Dr. Ellis is a qualitative researcher, who works at the intersection of social science and humanities. She focuses on autoethnographic inquiry and narrative writing, particularly in the areas of emotions, illness, grief and loss, aging, and relationships. Autoethnography connects ethnographic stories of culture with personal stories of self. Through describing concrete details of a particular life lived, autoethnographies also show social processes, conceptualizations, and ways of life experienced more generally by groups of people living in similar circumstances.


Along with her colleagues, Carolyn has developed research and writing procedures that reflect the ways people cope with intense experiences and relate to close associates in everyday life. Her goal is to humanize social science projects, evoke emotional responses, and open up conversations about lived experiences, especially those of trauma and loss.

Carolyn Ellis can be contacted at

Carolyn Ellis, Prof. of Communication and Sociology
Department of Communication
4202 E. Fowler Avenue, CIS1040
Tampa, Fl. 33620-7800
Phone: 813-974-3626
Fax: 813-974-6817





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