Larissa Favela, Professor - Communication Studies Department

Contact Information

Larissa Favela
Assistant Professor, Communication Studies
Faculty Coordinator: Ohlone Forensics Team, Communication Colloquium Series & Guided Pathways
Communication Studies Department
(510) 659-6226
Room 3420F, Building 3, Fremont campus


Larissa Favela is a Bay Area native and an Assistant Professor of Communication Studies at Ohlone College in Fremont, CA. She also serves as supervisor and coordinator for the Ohlone Forensics Team and coordinator for the Communication Studies Department Speech Colloquium series. Currently, she is also serving as the Guided Pathways coordinator. Larissa is a graduate of San Jose State University where she first learned of her passion for the classroom in SJSU’s reputable TA program. Her research interests are many but one of her favorite areas of Communication research is intercultural communication. She wrote her graduate thesis on Japanese American identity and intergenerational dialogue in the San Jose Japantown community.  In Spring 2018, she helped spearhead and plan the first Ohlone College TEDx event at Ohlone College Newark campus. In September of 2019, she and her team of students successfully coordinated the 2nd Ohlone College TEDx event – TEDxOhloneCollege. When she is not in the classroom, you may find her hanging out in the Communication Success Center or, running one of the trails to Mission Peak.

instagram logo: @professorlarissa

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Course hashtags:

Comm 100 - #commtheory

Comm 111 - #publicspeakingskillsarelifeskills

Comm 115 - #icciseverywhere #interculturalcomm

Comm 116 - #everythingisanargument #everydayrhetoric

Comm 118 - #doinggender #gendercomm



  • M.A Communication Studies, San Jose State University
    Emphasis: Intercultural and Interpersonal Communication

  • B.A Speech Communication, San Jose State University
    Emphasis: Rhetoric

  • A.A Liberal Studies, West Valley Community College, Saratoga, CA

  • A.S Biology, West Valley Community College, Saratoga, CA

Professional Memberships

  • WSCA, Western State Communication Association
  • NCA, National Communication Association