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Carolyn Ellis
Distinguished University Professor

Carolyn  Ellis

Qualitative Methods, Emotions, Autoethnography, Holocaust Studies

Office: CIS 3033
Phone: 813/974-2145

Dr. Ellis began teaching at USF in 1981 in the Sociology Department and joined the Communication Department in 1996. Much of her research has been situated in interpretive and artistic representations of qualitative research and focuses on writing and revisioning autoethnographic stories as a way to understand and interpret culture and live a meaningful life. Her current research focuses on interactive interviews and collaborative witnessing with Holocaust survivors


Ph.D. SUNY at Stony Brook, 1981 (Sociology)
M.A. SUNY at Stony Brook, 1977 (Sociology)
B.A. College of William and Mary, 1973 (Sociology)

Current Courses

RefCourseSecCourse TitleCRDayTimeLocation
92616SPC 4930014Personal Storytelling


CIS 3063

88951COM 7933003Autoethnography
Communication PhD Students Only or Permission of Instructor.


CIS 3057

81716SPC 7980003Dissertation: Doctoral

TBA 100


Graduate Students

Lisa Spinazola