Elizabeth Keating standing

A linguistic anthropologist, Elizabeth Keating is a Professor in the Anthropology Department at the University of Texas at Austin. Her research focuses on cultural aspects of communication, cross cultural communication, and narrative. Her research projects include investigations into power sharing, hierarchy, visual language, inter-generational narrative, and the role of technology in influencing language practices. She focuses on questions such as: How do people use the powerful tool of language to create and maintain society? How do people differ across societies in the ways they communicate and in how they expect others to speak to them? How can people become more aware of their own cultural habits in communication to gain new skills to address cross cultural communication problems? How do people really communicate vs. how they think they communicate? What knowledge is passed down  between generations? How has technology increased the importance of cross cultural communication in business?

Keating Jarvenpaa hi resolution cover photo

Her recent book, co-authored with Professor Sirkka Jarvenpaa, Words Matter: Communicating Effectively in the New Global Office (University of California Press) uses research from engineers collaborating from four continents to talk about successful communication in today’s technologically-mediated global office (more about the book here).

Read her recent article in Sapiens Why Do Virtual Meetings Feel So Weird? October 20, 2020

Read recent article about her work in Welt am Sonntag: Wie Sie das „Zoom-Fatigue-Syndrom“ vermeiden (How to Avoid the “Zoom Fatigue Syndrome”), January 5, 2021

Read an Interview with Elizabeth on CaMP Anthropology blog

Read about Words Matter on NY tech blog AlleyWatch and in the feature “Can We Talk?” in the University of Texas Austin Liberal Arts Spring 2017 Magazine Life and Letters

Department of Anthropology
University of Texas at Austin Austin TX  78712