School of Communication & Journalism

Virginia Sánchez Sánchez

Virginia Sánchez Sánchez Assistant Professor, Communication
112 Tichenor Hall

Office Hours

  • Tuesday 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and by appointment.
  • Thursday 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and by appointment.


Virginia Sánchez Sánchez is an assistant professor of communication in the School of Communication and Journalism. As an instructor, she likes to explore themes of culture and power to help students develop effective intercultural communication skills. She embraces active learning as a way to get students excited about a topic through various in-class discussions and activities that center students in the learning process.

Her research brings together work on immigration, discourse, and career studies. Recently, she has sought to investigate how Latinx immigrants make sense of policy, immigrant portrayals, and their lives through the lens of “calling.” She seeks to contribute to the growing dialogues and debates about immigration in the United States, draw attention to the stories and experiences of immigrants (e.g., stories of immigrant labor and family separation), and challenge the portrayals of immigrants that deem some more “deserving” than others. She has also collaborated on several research projects including a standpoint analysis of nurses’ experiences of incivility and a content analysis of resilience processes in refugee narratives. She has presented her work at annual meetings of the National Communication Association, International Communication Association, and Southern States Communication Association. She was one of three recipients for the 2020 Gerald R. Miller Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award.

Outside of work, she practices photography and cross stitch. She also enjoys listening to podcasts, especially Radiolab, Code Switch, and Latinos Who Lunch. She also loves traveling to Milwaukee or Jalisco, MX, where most of her family live.


  • Ph.D., Purdue University (Organizing for Change)
  • M.A., Purdue University (Organizational Communication)
  • Honors B.A., Marquette University (Corporate Communication, Advertising)

Representative Publications

  • Martinez, E. K., & Sánchez Sánchez, V. (2020). Reimagining the bunker: Increasing the stakes in role-playing and group decision making simulations. Communication Teacher, 1-5. doi: 10.1080/17404622.2020.1746818
  • Sánchez Sánchez, V., & Lillie, H. (2019). And then the war came: A content analysis of resilience processes in the narratives of refugees from Humans of New York. International Journal of Communication, 13, 4240-4260. doi: 1932–8036/20190005
  • Sánchez Sánchez, V., Martinez, E. K., & Jackson, D. L. (2019). “Double syringe!”: Using a popular TV show argument to illustrate the differences of objective and interpretive paradigmatic perspectives in action. Communication Teacher, 1-5. doi: 10.1080/17404622.2019.1662069
  • Clair, R. P., Carlo, S., Lam, C., Nussman, J., Phillips, C., Sánchez, V., Schnabel, E., & Yakova, L. (2014). Narrative theory and criticism: An overview toward clusters and empathy. Review of Communication, 14(1), 1-18. (Lead Article)  *Reprinted in an edited volume entitled Micro-Histories of Communication Studies: Mapping the Future of Communication through Local Narratives.

Classes Taught

  • COMM 3450: Intercultural Communication
  • COMM 4970: Communication and Immigration
  • COMM 5430/6430: Gender, Work and Communication

Last Updated: August 17, 2021