Robbin Crabtree Robbin Crabtree received her M.A. and Ph.D. in speech communication from the University of Minnesota. She is Professor of Communication at Fairfield University in Connecticut, where she serves as Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences. She has also served on the faculties of DePauw University, New Mexico State University, the Universidade de Santa Catarina, Brazil, and St. Louis University in Madrid, Spain. Dr. Crabtree teaches courses in international, intercultural, and development communication, and has been teaching public speaking since 1984. She has conducted research in Nicaragua, El Salvador, Cuba, India, Kenya, Brazil, Spain, and along the U.S.-Mexico border, with a particular interest in participatory and action research methods. Her work has been published in several national and international journals.