Wes Hansen is a Graduate Instructor and PhD Student in the Department of Communication Studies at the University of Minnesota. Wes is also affiliated with the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy & Development, through a minor in International Education. His research interests involve intergroup interactions, perceptions, and behavior within the context of the globalized world and higher education. In addition to being passionate about his research area he is also driven in his teaching, training, pursuit of travel and outdoor adventures, love for language and cultural learning, his family, and the Green Bay Packers. Languages: English, Spanish, & Portuguese.

Educational Background & Specialties
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Educational Background

  • Ph.D.: Communication Studies (Interpersonal Studies), University of Minnesota, Expected 2016 -
  • M.A.: Communication Studies, San Diego State University, 2011 -
  • B.A.: Psychology & Spanish, St. Olaf College, 2000 -


  • International Education
  • Impression Management
  • Intercultural Communication
  • Nonverbal Communication
  • Quantitative Methodology & Statistics