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Steve Banks

Professor Emeritus

Mailing Address

Department of Psychology & Communication
University of Idaho MS 3043
Moscow, Idaho 83844-3043

  • Ph.D., Organizational Communication, University of Southern California,1987
  • A.M., Communications Management, University of Southern California, 1983
  • B.A., Chinese Language and Literature, University of Washington, 1970

Currently enjoying his post-academic career as free-lance writer, Steve Banks is professor emeritus and former coordinator of communication studies. His previous careers were in human resource management for the U.S. government and in military intelligence and the aerospace industry. He lives on a small farm on Moscow Mountain with his wife, Anna Banks.

  • Conflict communication
  • Critical organizational studies
  • Genre studies
  • Qualitative research methods


  • A Peculiar Ambition: A Novel forthcoming.
  • Kokio: A novel based on the life of Neill James, Tellectual Press, 2016.
  • Dissent and the failure of leadership, Edward Elgar, 2008, 2009.
  • Fiction and social research: By ice or fire (with Anna Banks), AltaMira, 2000.
  • Multicultural public relations: A social-interpretive approach, 2nd ed. Blackwell/Iowa State University, 1998; 1st ed. Sage, 1995.
  • Foundations in Organizational Communication, Longman, 1995, 1990.


  • Banks, S. P. (2012). Constructing personal identities in holiday letters. In John Goodwin (ed.), SAGE Biographical Research (pp. 299-327), Sage Library of Research Methods. Thousand Oaks, London and New Delhi, Sage Ltd. (reprinted from Banks, Louie & Einerson, 2000).
  • Banks, S. P. (2009). “Intergenerational ties across borders: Grand-parenting narratives by expatriate retirees living in Mexico. Journal of Aging Studies, 23, 3.
  • Banks, S. P. (2007). Writing as theory: A defense of fiction. In J. G. Knowles and A. R. Coles (eds.), Handbook of the arts in qualitative research (pp. 2132-47). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage. Banks.
  • Banks, S. P. (2006). Structuration theory as an ontology for communication research (with P. Riley). In K. Krone and L. Putnam (Eds.), Organizational Communication , Volume III of Sage Library of Management and Organizational Research. London, England: Sage (reprinted from Banks and Riley, 1992).
  • Banks, S. P. (2005). Border promotion stories: Identity management among expatriate retirees in Mexico. Storytelling, Self, Society, 2, 1, 32-
  • Banks, S.P. (2004). Identity narratives of American and Canadian retirees living in Mexico. Journal of Cross-Cultural Gerontology.17, 3, 148-168.
  • Banks, S.P., and Banks, A. (2000). Reading “The Critical Life”: Autoethnography as pedagogy. Communication Education, 49, 3, 233-238.
  • Banks, S.P. (2000). Five holiday letters: Fictions of fictions. Qualitative Inquiry, 6, 3, 392-405.

Psychology & Communication

Physical Address:
206 Student Health Center

Mailing Address:
Psychology & Communication
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 3043
Moscow, ID 83844-3043

Phone: 208-885-6324

Fax: 208-885-7710


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