Keith Berry

Keith Berry

Associate Professor

contact information

Email: kberry@usf.edu
Office: CIS 3046


Dr. Berry’s research and teaching adopts a cultural approach to the study of relational communication, primarily the ways social interactions and relationships inform identity (self-understanding and the constitution of subjectivity). He investigates these issues by using critically-oriented and interpretive orientations/methods, including phenomenology, ethnography, autoethnography, personal narrative, and ethnomethodology. Vulnerable populations and “taboo” topics are of particular interest. Much of Dr. Berry’s recent research has focused on three applied communication contexts: (1) bullying, (2) LGBTQ cultures, and (3) reflexivity in auto/ethnography and personal narrative.

His recent book Bullied: Tales of Torment, Identity, and Youth (Routledge) has received several honors, including the 2017 Goodall/Trujillo “It’s a Way of Life” Award by the International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, and 2016 “Best Book” by the Ethnography Division of the National Communication Association (NCA).

Dr. Berry is a member and past Co-Chair of NCA’s Anti-Bullying Task Force, and past Chair of NCA’s Ethnography Division.


Relational Communication, Culture, Identity, Bullying, LGBTQ, Auto/Ethnography, Reflexivity