Date of Graduation

Spring 2021


Master of Arts in Communication



Committee Chair

Carrisa Hoelscher


What follows are two methods woven together to investigate multiracial identity and membership. The first section investigates the role of ethnographic research as the methodological tool of choice for a multiracial who positions herself along the liminal perspective through experimental autoethnographic tales of ambiguous embodiment. The tales weave in and out of the text and work to articulate multiracial identity through a critical race standpoint rooted in amorphousness. The second section applies a traditional qualitative approach, including narrative interviews of multiracial participants – focusing on intercultural communication. Identity negotiation theory and communication accommodation theory guide my investigation into intergroup communication/coping strategies.


multiracial, autoethnography, identity negotiation, membership navigation, communication accommodation, cultural representation, coping strategies

Subject Categories

Communication | Other Languages, Societies, and Cultures


© Bethanne Grover

Open Access