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Doris Acheme [A-cheem-ay]

Assistant Professor

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614 Caldwell Hall

Doris E. Acheme, (Ph.D., University of Oklahoma) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at the University of Georgia. Her research interest is in intergroup and intercultural communication. Specifically, she focuses on the role identity plays in psycho-social responses of individuals during interactions, with two main areas of focus. The first area of research is in language attitudes, with emphasis on (a) documenting the stigma attached to speaking with non-U.S. American accents, (b) explaining the mechanisms underlying language attitudes and their effects on intergroup communicative outcomes, with the goal of (c) changing negative language attitudes and improving intergroup relations. Dr. Acheme’s second area of research is in racial identity processes, with a focus on how African immigrants to the U.S. (re)categorize themselves as minority group members and negotiate their identities as Blacks, upon arrival to the U.S. The goal of this second line of research is to challenge the boundaries of what constitutes group membership. Dr. Acheme’s research has been published in major communication journals including, Communication Research, Journal of International and Intercultural Communication, Journal of Language and Social Psychology, Communication Reports, and Journal of Communication and Media Research.



Ph.D., University of Oklahoma

M.A., Cleveland State University

B.A., University of Abuja

Research Interests:


  • Intergroup and Intercultural Communication Outcomes
  • Psycho-social Responses and Social Identities
  • Language Ideologies and Attitudes                                             
  • Racial Identity Negotiation
Selected Publications:

Acheme, D. E., Anderson C., & Miller, C. (2024). The effects of language features and accents on the arousal of psychological reactance and communication outcomes. Communication Research.

Acheme, D. E, & Cionea I. A. (2024). “All they see is Black”: The experience and negotiation of racial identity for Nigerians in the United States. Journal of International and Intercultural Communication.

Acheme, D. E. & Biwa V. (2023). Graduate teaching assistants’ challenges, conflicts, and strategies for navigating COVID-19. Frontiers in Communication, 8(1266394), 1-14.

Acheme, D. E., Montgomery, G. & Cionea I. A. (2023). Racializing accents: The effects of the impact of language and racial cues on intergroup communicative outcomes. Communication Research.

Montgomery, G. & Acheme, D. E. (2022). Processing fluency and inferred motive: L1 English users’ evaluations of non-standard accented speech". Journal of Language and Social Psychology. 1-18

Acheme, D. E. (2021). Stereotyped communication: The ascribed identities of Nigerians living in the U.S. Journal of International and Intercultural Communication, 1-19

Acheme, D. E., & Cionea I. A. (2021). Protest structures: Responses from Nigerians in the United States to police brutality and #BlackLivesMatter protests. Journal of Language and Social Psychology, 41(1) 29-48

Articles Featuring Doris Acheme [A-cheem-ay]

We are excited to share that Dr. Doris Acheme has been selected to participate in the Center for Teaching and Learning's 2024 Active Learning Summer Institute!

Congratulations to Dr. Doris Acheme for her recent feature in UGA Today. Dr. Acheme was interviewed for information about Parasocial Relationships. 

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Congratulations Dr. Doris Acheme!

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