Academic Profile

Academic Profile

Asst Prof Stefanie Alexa Stadler

Assistant Professor, School of Humanities

Asst Prof Stefanie Alexa Stadler

Stefanie trained as a linguist and English language teacher at a number of institutions in three different countries. She conducted her undergraduate studies at the Ludwig Maximilian Universität München before moving to New Zealand to complete her BA(Hons) and MA degrees at the Victoria University of Wellington. Upon completion of her graduate studies, Stefanie undertook a Cambridge teaching certificate course at the International House Barcelona. In 2007 she graduated with a jointly awarded PhD degree, on the multimodal expression of (im)politeness, from the University of Auckland and the Universität Hamburg.

She joined the University of Warwick in early 2008 as a postdoctoral research fellow, where she worked in the Centre for Applied Linguistics. Her role predominantly involved research-related activities for the Global People and the King’s-Warwick projects, but Stefanie was also engaged in the Centre’s teaching and tutoring activities, seminar and conference organization, and convened the Working and Communicating Across Cultures research interest group. Stefanie has been a faculty member at Nanyang Technological University since 2010, where she conducts research on Intercultural Effectiveness in International Business and engages in a range of academic activities, including teaching on the courses Intercultural Communication, Bilingualism and Multilingualism, and Language and Gender.

With a background in intercultural communication studies and cultural anthropology as well as linguistics, Stefanie has a longstanding professional interest in intercultural research. Her personal interest in the topic derives from her travels as well as from having lived and worked in a number of different cultural contexts for a third of her life. She has given a range of conference and seminar presentations, both nationally and internationally and has published on aspects of intercultural communication, sociolinguistics, pragmatics, discourse analysis and multimodality.
Research Interests
Intercultural Communication
Intercultural Competence
Intercultural Effectiveness
Cross-Cultural Communication
Discourse Analysis
Sociolinguistics/Cognitive Sociolinguistics
Perception Theory
Politeness Theory
Speech Prosody
Non-Verbal Communication

Stefanie would welcome enquiries for graduate research projects and would be pleased to accept applications for MA and PhD dissertations in any of these topic areas.
Current Projects
  • Conflict Management in International Business Communication: Comparing Japanese and Singaporean Conflict Orientations, Attitudes and Management Strategies
  • Conversational conflict negotiation in Japanese business communication: Leadership styles and the function of humour.
  • Intercultural Communication in China International Business Settings
Selected Publications
  • Stadler, Stefanie. (2019). Laughter and its functions in Japanese business communication. Journal of Pragmatics, 141, 16-27.
  • Stadler, Stefanie.(2018). Cross-Cultural Pragmatics (2). The Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics (2nd Edition)Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell.
  • Stadler, Stefanie. (2018). Conventionalized politeness in Singapore Colloquial English. World Englishes, 37(2), 307-322.
  • Stadler, S. (2017, June). Humour as conflict management strategy in Japanese business communication. Paper presented at GEM&L workshop 2017, Copenhagen, Denmark.
  • Stadler, Stefanie. (2017). Which competence? A comparative analysis of culture-specific vs. culture-generic intercultural competence development.. Advances in Economics and Business, 5(8), 448-455.

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