Distinguished Research Professor

Howard Giles is Founding & Consulting Editor of both the Journal of Language & Social Psychology (1980-) and the Journal of Asian Pacific Communication (1990-). Past President of the International Communication Association (ICA: 2000-01), he is a Distinguished Research Professor of Communication at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and Honorary Professor in the School of Psychology at The University of Queensland, Australia. He was also former Reserve Detective Lieutenant at the Santa Barbara Police Department and was its Founding Director of Volunteers in Policing (2017-). He is an elected Fellow of 8 learned societies (e.g., the Royal Society of Medicine) and recipient of numerous academic awards, including the inaugural Career Productivity award from ICA in 2000. Giles has researched language and communication across a range of intergroup settings, including police-community and intergenerational ones, and published 30 books, 20 journal special issues, Handbooks, and an Encyclopedia as well as many hundreds of academic articles and chapters.


Ph.D. (1971). University of Bristol, Social Psychology

D.Sc. (1996). University of Bristol, Social Psychology