Kristine Cabral

  • Associate Teaching Professor
  • Communication Studies
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Kristine is a graduate of the Communication Studies graduate program here at URI. Among her achievements at the University, Kristine received the Department Excellence Award, Doody Scholarship, Outstanding Graduate Student Award, Graduate Student Teaching Award, authored several scholarly papers accepted to regional and national conference, as well as collaborated with colleague, Kevin McClure, on a scholarly publication.

Her desire to study and teach in the area of communication was inspired by the realization that the study of communication is the study of our meaning-making process. The symbol system we call language is the tool we use to communicate; and through communication, we define, comprehend, manipulate, critique, complicate, limit, and often times, confuse the human condition. Ultimately, it is the tool we use (and, paradoxically, that uses us) to form identity and structure human reality. If we desire to better understand ourselves and each other we must begin with the study of language.


Kristine’s interests lie in the area of postmodern thought, identity formation, critical studies in advertising, and nonviolent communication. She has authored papers on the social construction of personal identity, the ambiguity of language, and Burke’s Dramatism.

Kristine is also a certified level 1 trainer in Kingian Nonviolence Conflict Reconciliation. She integrates this training into her teaching. Words used as weapons of violence do not serve us. The pathway to peace and reconciliation begins with dialogue driven by compassion and understanding.


  • M.A., Communication Studies, University of Rhode Island, 2002
  • B.A., Communication Studies, University of Rhode Island, 2000

Selected Publications

McClure, K. & Cabral, K. (2009) Clarifying Ambiguity and the Undecidable: A Comparison in Burkean and Derridian Thought. Qualitative Research Reports in Communication, 10, 72-80.