Arthur Bochner

Distinguished Professor Emeritus



Office: CIS 3033


Arthur P. Bochner is distinguished university professor emeritus of communication at the University of South Florida and an NCA Distinguished Scholar. He is the author of Coming to Narrative: A Personal History of Paradigm Change in the Human Sciences (Left Coast Press, 2014) and co-author (with Carolyn Ellis) of Evocative Autoethnography: Writing Lives and Telling Stories (Routledge, 2016). Bochner’s academic life has spanned five decades during which he was one of the originators of the dialectics of interpersonal communication; developed the conceptual framework for the study of interpersonal competence; advanced the idea of an epistemology of interactive communication; formulated the concepts of warm ideas, vulnerable medicine, and institutional depression; and helped to inaugurate the poetic science movement within qualitative research.  Professor Bochner served as Chair of USF’s Department of Communication for eight years and was the principal architect of the department’s Ph.D. Program that was recognized as the leading qualitative research program in the field of communication.  His current work focuses on love across the life cycle and blended genres of storytelling in the human sciences. He is also working on a book, Tales out of school: The forbidden in university life.


Autoethnography, Narrative inquiry, Interpretive research, Close relationships