Interpersonal Communication and Race
Chantel Haughton (B.A., University of Iowa; M.A., UC Santa Barbara) is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Communication at UC Santa Barbara. Chantel’s research focuses on the intersection of racial and ethnic stigma, chronic stress, mental health, and communication. Chantel’s work looks at the ways compounding stressors affect the well-being of families, and the communicative tools they can use to either help or hurt their relationships and well-being. She is working to expand the literature regarding people of color, as their experiences have traditionally been devalued in academia. More specifically, she aims to explore the mechanisms behind cultural differences in communication practices (as the differences have begun to be documented). Ultimately, she aims to understand the ways minority families and individuals can foster resilience in spite of compounding stressors. Currently, her research considers the similarities and differences in the form and function of parent-adult child mental health conversations across cultures.