Academic Historian

Karen L. Dace is Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.  She is professor of Communication Studies with an affiliate appointment in Africana Studies in the College of Liberal Arts and has taught courses in and written about intercultural communication, race relations, the construction of gender, and the empowerment of women of Color. Dace holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Liberal Arts and Mass Communication, respectively, from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a Ph.D. in Communication Studies from the University of Iowa.  In 2012, she published an edited book, Women of Color and White Women in Conversation (Routledge) which brought together ten women of Color and ten white women to discuss the challenges of working across race in university settings.