Dr. Steinfatt received his B.S. degree in Mathematics and Statistics and his Ph.D. in Communication from Michigan State University. He specializes in Intercultural Communication and Cultural Diversity, International/Intercultural Health Communication, Organizational Communication, Political Communication and Propaganda, and Statistical Methodology.
His research interests include the effects of personality variables on communication, effective methods of executive communication, intercultural communication both domestically and in developing countries, studies of propaganda and persuasion, and studies of health communication, human trafficking, and AIDS in developing nations.
He serves as a consultant on executive, organizational, and intercultural communication to corporations, NGOs, and branches of government both in the United States and abroad, and as an expert witness on communicative abilities, propaganda, corporate documents, and interpretations of labels and texts. He also serves as a commentator on political communication for Miami television stations, and on National Public Radio. He directs the University of Miami's Annual Conference on International and Intercultural Communication and the National Communication Association's Annual Seminar on Communication, AIDS, and Sexuality.
His publications include over fifty scholarly articles, chapters, and monographs that have appeared in Human Communication Research, Communication Monographs, The Quarterly Journal of Speech, Communication Education, The Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Simulation and Games, The Southern Communication Journal, Communication Quarterly, The Journal of Speech and Hearing Research, Communication Reports, Communication Research Reports, Management Communication Quarterly, World Communication, and Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly, among others, and has served on the editorial boards of sixteen scholarly journals.
He has published four books, most recently Intercultural Communication co-authored with Everett Rogers (1999), and Working at the Bar: Sex Work and Health Communication in Thailand (2002).
Dr. Steinfatt is a Fulbright Scholar, working with the Royal University of Phnom Penh, Cambodia. His research on trafficking in women and children has been funded by USAID and is used by the U.S. State Department in combating human trafficking in Cambodia. He has served as Chair of the Interpersonal Communication Division of the National Communication Association, as Chair of the Intercultural Division of the Southern Communication Association, and has received the Florida Communication Association Scholar of the Year Award and the University of Miami Excellence in Teaching Award.