Carolyn Calloway-Thomas is immediate Past President of the World Communication Association and Chair and Professor of African American and African Diaspora Studies at Indiana University Bloomington in the United States. She is author of Empathy in the Global World: An Intercultural Perspective (2010), coauthor of Intercultural Communication: A Text with Readings (2007) and Intercultural Communication: Roots and Routes (1999), as well as coeditor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Sermonic Power of Public Discourse (1993). She is currently working on a forthcoming book-length manuscript about how social class is performed cross culturally, a handbook on communication between North Americans and Chinese, plus a survey handbook of contemporary African American culture from 1954 to the present. Her teaching and research areas are empathy and conflict, intercultural communication, communication in black America , civic engagement and pedagogy. In 2007, Professor Calloway-Thomas was invited to participate in the Oxford Round Table conference on diversity and public policy at Oxford University in England. Her national awards include a Ford Postdoctoral fellowship; a Fulbright scholarship to Nigeria, West Africa; a Carnegie scholarship; the National Communication Association’s Robert J. Kibler award; and the Distinguished Alumni award from Grambling State University. In 2010, she was inducted into the Central States Communication Association’s Hall of Fame.

In demand as a public speaker, she has given hundreds of presentations on intercultural and interracial communication in the United States and in international places such as Australia, Barbados, Costa Rica, England, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Mexico, Nigeria, Peru, Senegal, South Africa and Sweden.