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Dawna Ballard

Dawna Ballard (Ph.D., University of California at Santa Barbara, 2002) is an expert in chronemics--the study of time as it is bound to human communication.  She researches what drives our pace of life and its impact on the communication practices of organizations, communities, and individuals.  This includes studies on attention management, multitasking, communication overload, social media use, sustainable career practices, mobile communication technologies (including mobile wallet use), and tradeoffs between convenience and security.  She is currently a Public Voices/Op-Ed Project Fellow, Mmindd Labs Fellow (where she is also an Advisory Board member), and a faculty affiliate at the Center for Identity and Center for Health Communication at the University of Texas at Austin. She teaches an original course called Time Matters, and is particularly interested in how applying longer time scales to social problems reveals new approaches and solutions.  She's been interviewed about her research in a variety of venues such as NPR, SmartMoney.com, Sustainable Radio, ignitechannel.com, KXAN, and the Austin American Statesman.  She is a member of the National Communication Association (past Chair, Group Communication Division), International Society for the Study of Time (past Council Member), International Communication Association, Information Overload Research Group, and Interdisciplinary Network of Group Researchers.

Contact Information

CMA 7.140B
FAX: 512-471-3504

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