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Nshom, Ph.D.

Elvis Nshom, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Communication (Peace and Conflict Studies)

ABOUT DR NSHOM

I dream of a society where people with different social identities or group belongings can coexist peacefully irrespective of their differences. I spent my formative years in Cameroon, growing up in a time and place where there were deep religious, political, social, and linguistic divides. I became passionate about understanding the role these differences play in people’s lives and how they communicate with each other. As a result, I enjoy investigating why certain minority groups are prejudiced or marginalized in society. This is important because having this understanding has implications for changing prejudice towards marginalized groups in society. Understanding conflict and prejudice is central to the discipline of Communication because communication occurs within the context of intergroup relations and the way we feel about people who are different from us potentially impacts how we communicate with them. Clearly, my research interests are motivated by my experiences living in different parts of the world such as Europe, Africa, USA and Russia as an immigrant. The two most common challenges immigrants face in their host societies are host acceptance (prejudice) and successful integration into the larger society.

I consider myself a mixed method intercultural communication scholar with a specific focus on conflict and intergroup relations. The overall goal of my research is to improve relations between majority and minority groups in society. Majority and minority relations remain one of the most important social concerns in most societies.  My previous work has led to the development of training packages, initiatives and campaigns that aim at improving relations between majority Finns and immigrant minorities in Finland and between the French-speaking majority and English-speaking minority in Cameroon. In addition, my research also focuses on the psychological and socio-cultural acculturation of immigrants into their host society. Understanding the factors that impede or facilitate the acculturation of immigrants has implications to the successful integration of immigrants into their host society.

I have published journal articles in renowned peered-reviewed journals in my field such as Journal of Intercultural Communication Research, Journal of International and Intercultural Communication, International Journal of Intercultural Relations, Journal of Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations and International Journal of Conflict Management. I have also written peered-reviewed chapters in books published by renowned publishers such as Routledge. I value collaborative research and writing because collaboration enhances ideas and improves creativity.

Thank you for stopping by my page. I look forward to the possibility of working with you!

EDUCATION

Post Graduate Diploma (2019-present)
School of Professional Teacher Education,
Jyväskylä University of Applied Sciences
Major: Teacher Education

Doctorate (2017)

Communication, University of Jyväskylä
Major – Intercultural Communication
Thesis title: Perceived threat and prejudice towards immigrants and Russian minorities in Finland
Supervisor: Prof. Stephen Croucher

MA (2012)

Sociology, University of Eastern Finland
Major: Cultural Diversity

BA (2009)

Major: Journalism / Mass Communication
University of Buea, Cameroon, December 2009
Thesis title: Message packaging in the fight against HIV/AIDS: The case of the Cameroon Baptist convention AIDS care and prevention program.

Additional training

Teaching academic content through English (TACE): http://jyutace.info/
Global Educator Training Certificate:  https://gcdpprojects.wordpress.com/
Peer Educator Training Certificate

TEACHING

  • COMM320 Conflict and Communication

    Course Catalog Description

    Conflicts are situations in which individuals and groups with differing assumptions about reality (both facts and values), clash with one another about right and wrong. Discusses the nature of communication in such situations, the strengths and weaknesses of the various types of discourse employed in dealing with them, and visions for transcending conflicts. Three general types of responses to conflict will be explored: rhetorical attempts to persuade (rhetorical eloquence), hostile resistance (lost eloquence), and transcendence (transcendent eloquence). Recommended preparation: Junior or Senior status or consent of instructor. (CCSC)

  • COMM437 Interpersonal Communication

    Course Catalog Description

     

    Introduction to the theory and research focused on interpersonal communication. Emphasis is on experientially acquired insights into the initiation and maintenance of interpersonal relationships across a wide range of socialization institutions (e.g., family, peer group, and workplace). (CCSC)

  • COMM425 Communication and Mediation

    Course Catalog Description

    Examines the conceptualization of conflict and of mediation as an area of teaching, training and research in communication. Designed to guide students through a specific academic view of conflict and its relationship to communication as a point of departure. Examines dispute mediation as one way to approach conflict. Case studies as well as dispute mediation simulations will help in understanding the powers and limitations of the process. Demystifies conflict and dispute mediation and shows how to use “the tools” of dispute mediation ethically. (CCSC) 

     

    Recommended Preparation: Recommended Preparation: COMM320. Junior or Senior status is recommended.

  • COMM330 Intercultural Communication

    Course Catalog Description

     

    Introduction to traditional and critical theories, concepts, and principles regarding communication between and about people of different racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds. Takes a culture-general approach to examining the relationships among culture, communication, context (social, historical, political), and power. Emphasizes domestic issues with attention given to how they impact, and are impacted by, international communities. (CCSC)


For information about courses taught before joining CSUSM, please see full CV.

RESEARCH PROJECTS

  1. Titled: Perceived discrimination and psychological wellbeing among Asian Americans before and after the COVID-19 outbreak.

Brief description

Since the outbreak of Covid-19, several reports have indicated that Asians especially East Asians, have been victims of covid-19 related prejudice and discrimination as a result of the virus first being identified in Wuhan, China. Some Asians are reported to have suffered from racial slurs, extreme physical distancing, physical aggression, stigma and blame simply because of their ethnicity. One study has been able to empirically support covid-19 related prejudice towards Asians in America (Croucher, Nguyen & Rahmani, 2020), but studies are yet to empirically investigate the experiences of perceived discrimination among Asians after the outbreak of covid-19. This project attempts to fill this gap by examining the experience of perceived discrimination among Asians before and after the outbreak of covid-19, and the extent to which it is related to their psychological well-being. This understanding has practical implications to policy development, and the development of response strategies towards prejudiced groups in the event of a pandemic (such as covid-19).

Status: Ongoing

Role: Principal investigator

  1. Titled: Attitudes towards immigration, Trump, and his proposed U.S-Mexico border wall.

Brief description.

One of the major discourses that has dominated the political scene in America for the past couple of years is Trump’s proposal for the construction of the US-Mexico border wall. Opinion polls suggest that Americans are divided when it comes to attitudes towards Trump’s US-Mexico border wall (Pew Research Center, 2019). However, studies that have examined the determinants of these attitudes towards Trump’s US-Mexico border wall are hard to come by. This project considers perceived symbolic and realistic threat from immigration, attitudes towards Trump, ingroup identification, patriotism, intergroup contact with immigrants, and life satisfaction as antecedents of Americans’ attitudes towards Trumps’ proposed US-Mexico border wall. This project is theoretically relevant because it advances the application of the integrated threat theory by testing its ability to explain attitudes towards a border wall. From a practical perspective, this further informs us on what factors to consider in our attempt to improving attitudes towards immigration in America.

Status: Ongoing

Role: Principal investigator

  1. Title: Perceived discrimination and attitudes towards the form of state among Anglophone Cameroonians

Brief description.

Cameroon is made of English and French speakers. The linguistic divide of the country can be linked to its colonial heritage. Anglophones represent about 20 percent of the population while Francophones represent about 80 percent of the population. For over 4 years now, there has been a conflict going on in the English-speaking region of Cameroon between Anglophone Cameroonian separatist fighters and the predominantly French speaking government over the marginalization of Anglophones in Cameroon and a change in the form of state.

Studies that have empirically investigated Anglophone Cameroonians' preferences and attitudes towards the form of state in Cameroon are hard to come by. In addition, studies that examine the factors that predict these attitudes towards the form of state do not exist. This study seeks to fill these gaps by investigating Anglophone Cameroonians’ attitudes towards the form of state and the extent to which these preferences are explained by psychological antecedents such as perceived discrimination. By studying perceived discrimination as a psychological antecedent of attitudes towards the form of state, we stand to gain a deeper understanding of the role of perceived discrimination in the Anglophone conflict in Cameroon. This knowledge is essential to understanding the root cause of the conflict, and to finding long-lasting solutions to the crisis.

Status: Ongoing

Role: Principal investigator

PUBLICATIONS

elvisnshom.com - publications . You can also see my publications on my CV. I am putting this link here because of the hyperlinks. I would love the hyperlinks to be included as well if its possible. If you click on the link, it will take you to the article. We can talk more phone.