Associate Professor David Boromisza-Habashi researches how communication as language use is shaped by the cultural context in which it occurs. He uses ethnographic methods to investigate the cultural foundations of public discourse (especially political debates and public speaking) in the United States and Hungary. He is interested in how cultural knowledge can be used to improve local communication practices.
His first book, Speaking Hatefully: Culture, Communication, and Political Action in Hungary, is an ethnographic study of public debates surrounding hate speech in Hungary during the first decade of the 21st century. Besides offering a cultural explanation of those debates the book makes an argument for culturally informed anti-racist advocacy.
He holds a PhD from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.