Kristine L. Muñoz is Professor of Communication Studies at the University of Iowa, where she served as department chair from 2005-2008 and chair of the Social and Behavioral Sciences IRB from 1998-2008. She received her Ph.D from the University of Washington in 1989. Her research and teaching are centered around the ethnography of communication, based on fieldwork in Colombia since 1983 and in the UK, Spain and the US Midwest since 1999. This work has been supported by a Fulbright Award, a Leverhulme Grant, a University of Iowa Global Scholar Award, and the European Social Research Council. She has published 4 books and 40 articles and book chapters in Communication Monographs, Communication Theory, Human Communication Research, Communication Theory and other communication-based and interdisciplinary journals. She edited Research on Language and Social Interaction from 2005-2009, and has served on numerous editorial boards. Her book Speaking relationally received the Gerald R. Miller Award for Outstanding Publication in Interpersonal Communication Research and an article co-authored with Kathleen Valde received the B. Aubrey Fisher Award for Outstanding Publication in the Western Journal of Communication.