Liberal Arts


Communication Studies


Communication and Media

Areas of Expertise

Underrepresented populations

Eric Aoki

Aoki focuses on intercultural communication, identity, voice and cultural representations in media and the public space. His cross-cultural advocacy includes work with Colorado State University student diversity offices and other diversity-based causes.

In addition to teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate level, for which he has received many awards, Aoki is part of a transdisciplinary team working to enhance electrification and sustainability in rural villages in Rwanda. His role in the smart village micro-grid project is to assist with surveying and assessing the impact of electrification on family households and village life.

His publication titles include “Mexican American Ethnicity in Biola, CA: An ethnographic account of hard work, family, and religion” in The Howard Journal of Communications, and “Spaces of remembering and forgetting: The reverent eye/I at the Plains Indian Museum” in Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies with his co-authors Brian Ott and Greg Dickinson.

Aoki earned his master’s degree from California State University, Fresno, and his Ph.D. from the University of Washington.