Faculty Experts - Sheryl Bowen, Ph.D.

Sheryl Bowen, Ph.D.

Sheryl Bowen, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Assistant Chairperson 

Area of Expertise:

  • Gender and Communication
  • Feminist Theory
  • Health Communication
  • Leadership and Teambuilding
  • Communication and Trauma


Dr. Bowen is equally at home discussing how identity is conveyed in face-to-face communication, health communication and feminist theory. She is particularly interested in examining gender, race and ethnicity in a variety of contexts, such as relationships, workplace, and media representation. Dr. Bowen has participated in the Transcending Trauma Project, an ongoing research investigation of coping, adaptation, and resilience following the Holocaust.


  • Ph.D., University of Massachusetts
  • M.A., University of North Carolina
  • B.A., Pennsylvania State University

Selected Publications

  • Bowen, Sheryl Perlmutter, Bartesaghi, Mariaelena, "The Acquisition of Memory by Interview Questioning: Holocaust Re-Membering as Category-bound Activity," Discourse Studies, 11, 223-242, 2009.
  • Bowen, Sheryl Perlmutter, Spitzer, Juliet, "Survivors Sometimes Tell Their Stories: Motives for Sharing and Motives for Silence," published in Johannes-Dieter Steinert & Inge Weber-Newth (eds). "Beyond Camps and Forced Labour, Current International Research on Survivors of Nazi Persecution," Proceedings of the first international multidisciplinary conference at the Imperial War Museum, London, 29-31 January 2003. Osnabrueck: Secolo Verlag, 2005.
  • Bowen, Sheryl Perlmutter, "Being Jewish and/or Woman," in Our Voices: Essays in Culture, Ethnicity, and Communication, A. Gonzalez, M. Houston, & V. Chen (Eds.), Los Angeles: Roxbury Press, 1993 (reprinted in 2nd edition, 1997, 3rd edition, 1999, 4th edition, 2003).

Selected Professional Experience

  • Assistant Professor, University of Delaware
  • Lecturer, University of Delaware

Selected Research

  • Multi-Layered Tellings and Retellings: Collaborative Analysis of Interviews with Holocaust Survivor Families," with Hannah Kliger, Southern Communication Journal, 2010.
  • "The Social Construction of Family Memory and Identity through Trauma: Exploring the Lives of Holocaust Survivors and the Family Members in the Transcending Trauma Project," Book manuscript in preparation.
  • "Impression management among female undergraduates on Facebook,"study in development with Karyn Hollis, Dept. of English, Villanova University.

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