Carolyn Ellis, Ph.D.
Prof. of Communication and Sociology
Department of Communication
University of South Florida
4202 E. Fowler Avenue, CIS1040
Tampa, Fl. 33620-7800
Carolyn Ellis is currently a Professor of Communications at the University of South Florida. With interest in emotions, narrative inquiry and autoethnography, Ellis has contributed to both the disciplines of Sociology and Communications. Her use of experimental ethnography and discussions of the Self are some of the ways in which she relies on and contributes to symbolic interactionism.
Ellis has three sole-authored published books: Fisher Folk: Two Communities on Chesapeake Bay (1986); Final Negotiations: A Story of Love, Loss, and Chronic Illness (1995); and The Ethnographic “I”: A Methodological Novel About Doing Autoethnography (forthcoming). To name just a few of her additional accomplishments, Ellis has edited at least five collections, given at least twenty-five invited talks, published over twenty-five articles, over twenty-five book chapters, at least twenty reviews or review essays, and presented over fifty papers at professional meetings. She has published articles in the journal Symbolic Interaction including, “Speaking of Dying: An Ethnographic Short Story” (1995), and “Sociological Introspection and Emotional Experience” (1991). Her article “Emotional Sociology” (1991) was published in the journal Studies in Symbolic Interaction.
With an impressive and prolific list of contributions to Sociology, Communications, and Symbolic Interactionism, Carloyn Ellis is a key contemporary thinker in the paradigm of symbolic interactionism.