Kristin Langellier

Kristin Langellier, Ph.D.
Professor Emerita

Department of Communication and Journalism
University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469

Kristin Langellier served as a faculty member in the department from 1980 to 2016. She taught undergraduate and graduate courses in performance studies and communication theory, including courses in narrative, feminist communication studies, and intercultural communication. She was faculty in Women’s and Gender Studies, Franco American Studies, and the interdisciplinary, community-based collaborative Somali Narrative Project. Her research uses phenomenological and critical methodologies and focuses on narrative performance, family storytelling, and cultural identity. She has numerous article-length publications and two books: Storytelling in Daily Life: Performing Narrative, co-authored with Eric Peterson; and the co-edited Somalis in Maine: Crossing Cultural Currents. She is former Editor of Text and Performance Quarterly and was Mark and Marcia Bailey Professor at the University of Maine from 1993 to 2008.

Selected Publications


  • Langellier, K. M., & Peterson, E. E. (2004). Storytelling in daily life: Performing narrative. Philadelphia: Temple University Press.
  • Huisman, K. A., Hough, M., Langellier, K. M., & Toner, C. N., Eds. (2011). Somalis in Maine: Crossing Cultural Currents. North Atlantic Books. 

Journal Articles

  • Langellier, K. M. (2014). “If you ask”: Troubling narrative interviews. Departures in Qualitative Research, 3.4, 442-456.
  • Langellier, K. M. (2010). Performing Somali identity in the diaspora: “Wherever I go I know who I am.” Cultural Studies, 24, 66-94.
  • Langellier, K. M. (2009). Performing narrative medicine. Journal of Applied Communication Research, 37, 151-158.
  • Langellier, K. M., & Peterson, E. E. (2006). “Somebody’s got to pick eggs”: Family storytelling about work. Communication Monographs 73, 468-473.
  • Langellier, K. M. (2002). Performing family stories, forming cultural identity: Franco American Mémère stories. Communication Studies, 53, 56-73.
  • Langellier, K. M. (1999). Personal narrative, performance, performativity: Two or three things I know for sure. Text and Performance Quarterly, 19, 125-144.
  • Langellier, K. M., & Sullivan, C. F. (1998). Breast talk in breast cancer narratives. Qualitative Health Research, 8, 76-94.
  • Langellier, K. M. (1994). Appreciating phenomenology and feminism: Researching quiltmaking and communication. Human Studies, 17, 65-80.
  • Langellier, K. M. (1989). Personal narratives: Perspectives on theory and research. Text and Performance Quarterly, 9, 243-276.
  • Langellier, K. M. (1986). From text to social context. Literature in Performance, 6, 60-70.

Book Chapters

  • Langellier, K. M., & Peterson, E. E. (2018). Narrative performance theory: Making stories, doing family. In D. O. Braithwaite, E. Suter & K. Floyd (Eds.), Engaging theories in family communication: Multiple perspectives, 2nd ed. (pp. 210-220). New York: Routledge.
  • Langellier, K. M., & Peterson, E. E. (2006). Shifting contexts in personal narrative performance. In D. S.Madison & J. Hamera (Eds.), The Sage handbook of performance studies (pp. 151-168). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
  • Langellier, K. M., & Peterson, E. E. (2006). Family storytelling as communication practice. In L.H. Turner & R. West (Eds.), The family communication sourcebook (pp. 109-128). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
  • Langellier, K. M. (2004). “Where I come from is where I want to be”: Communicating Franco American ethnicity. In M. Fong & R. Chuang (Eds.), Communicating ethnicity and cultural identity (pp. 297-312). Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield.
  • Langellier, K. M. (2001). “You’re marked”: Breast cancer, tattoo, and the narrative performance of identity. In D. Carbaugh & J. Brockmeier (Eds.), Narrative and identity: Studies in autobiography, self and culture. Amsterdam & Philadelphia: John Benjamins.
  • Langellier, K. M., & Peterson, E. E. (1992). Spinstorying: An analysis of women storytelling. In E. Fine & J. H. Speer (Eds.), Performance, culture, and identity (pp. 157-180). Westport, CT: Praeger.