Prof. J.M. Sanders (José)

Professor - Centre for Language Studies
Dean - Faculty Board
Professor - Department of Language and Communication

Prof. J.M. Sanders (José)
Visiting address

Erasmusplein 1

Postal address

Postbus 9103

José Sanders' research is focused on communication in organizations, specializing in the use of narratives: strategic storytelling. She studies narratives' linguistic characteristics (structure and style) and their cognitive representation, as well as their communicative function in applications by organizations, such as in narrative journalism and in narrative health communication. Her research expertise lies in the domain of discourse analysis and discourse optimization. Her research examines the interplay between the form and the function of discourse in strategic communicative settings, varying from health communication and financial education to journalistic narratives. Discourse characteristics are essentially guiding language users’ understanding, engagement, attitude, and intention to act. Cognitive linguistic theories are helpful to analyze how language users represent viewpoints, frames and situation models in their discourse, using their own perspective as a starting point and trying to reach other language users.
Applying the optimal viewpoints and frames is a major challenge that organizations face when trying to reach a particular target group in a particular context. Discourse characteristics of fictional narrative are particularly helpful to engage readers. An example is a project that studies how personal narratives, instead of argumentative information, can be used to persuade target groups with low health literacy to obtain a healthier life style. Another project studies journalistic narrative discourse as a means to create general meaning and personal impact, and help organizations reach their stakeholders.
José Sanders teaches in the Master program of Communication & information Sciences within the Faculty of Arts.
She is dean of the Faculty of Arts.

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José Sanders’ research focuses on communication in organisations. She specialises in narrative communication. How can those stories that are used in health communication, journalism, advertising and within organisations convince people? Where can storytelling be used in text and media?