Hannah Oliha, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Communication Studies
Office: Sybil B. Harrington Fine Arts Complex, Room 115
Dr. Oliha joined the College of Fine Arts and Humanities in 2011. She received a B.A. from St. Olaf College in 2002, an M.A. in Management from Hamline University in 2005, and a Ph.D. in Communication with an emphasis in intercultural communication from the University of New Mexico in 2010.
Teaching and Related Service
Dr. Oliha teaches both graduate and undergraduate courses in the communication department. At the undergraduate level, she teaches courses such as the Basic Performance of Literature, Intercultural Communication, Nonverbal, and Public Speaking. At the graduate level, she teaches courses such as Communication Theory and Qualitative Research Methods.
Research and Creative Activity
Dr. Oliha’s publishing and speaking activities emphasize intercultural communication dynamics, with an eye towards social group relations and issues surrounding race, diversity, and identity politics.
Currently Dr. Oliha’s research endeavors consider diversity issues in higher education contexts. She has served as a keynote speaker, trainer, and consultant in various organizations on diversity issues and individual and organizational success.
Dr. Oliha believes in living and loving passionately. She loves connecting with family and friends. One of her passions is to achieve her personal best and to encourage others to do the same. She also serves in her local church. When she is not teaching and connecting with people, she is nurturing her passion for worship music. Every once in a while, she gets to do all three things at the same time; those moments are amazing! Beyond all of this, she loves a great piece of chocolate!!