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sharon varallo

Sharon M. Varallo

Professor of Communication Studies/ Jaeke Chair

Professor Varallo’s academic interests include the study of intercultural competence, cultural approaches to time, family communication, and gendered caregiving.  She has recently published on work-life balance issues in the article "Motherwork in Academe," in the journal Women's Studies in Communication. She has enjoyed teaching in numerous off-campus programs (including in Mexico, Peru, China, and the wildnerness of Holden Village in Washington's Cascade mountains) and looks forward to upcoming trips to Nicaragua.

Specializations: Time cultures, Family, Police interrogations, False confessions, Intercultural communication


  • B.A., William and Mary
  • M.A., North Carolina
  • Ph.D., Ohio State