Dr. Bert Ballard shares about intercountry adoption and his own adoptee story during Operation Babylift at the end of the Vietnam War. He also discusses the adoption myth, his own adopted son, and how he encourages adoptive parents to broaden the narrative of their family. (Intro: Buried Treasure)
Dr. Bert Ballard has a PhD in Human Communication Studies with an emphasis in rhetoric and communication ethics (2008), He has a wide range of research interests including ethnographic and phenomenological approaches to understanding communication ethics, in particular the works of Emmanuel Levinas. He also conducts qualitative research on the identity formation and internal/external interactions of international adoptive families and international adoptees. He has been published in Qualitative Inquiry, Communication Monographs, the Journal of Family Communication, and New Directions for Teaching and Learning. He recently published a book entitled “Pieces of Me: Who Do I Want to Be?” for adopted teenagers. He was the co-chair for the inaugural Intercountry Adoption Summit, which brought together government representatives, adoption service providers, and researchers to discuss the current status of intercountry adoption around the world. Bert is an Assistant Professor at Pepperdine University where he teaches courses in communication ethics, interpersonal communication, organizational communication, and family communication.