Anita Foeman received her PhD from Temple University in 1982 with a focus on organizational communication. She has been a professor in the Department of Communication Studies at West Chester University since that time. Her work examines diversity in organizations, in public speaking, and in interpersonal communication as well as identity issues for multiracial people and families. Her co-authored work on the stages of development in interracial relationships (1999) continues to be used as a template for research in the field. Her most recent work considers the relationship between DNA ancestral data and the social construction of racial identity.