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Dr. Robert Ballard and Sarah Ballard

Robert (Bert) Ballard, Ph.D., is an associate professor at Pepperdine University in communication where he holds the Blanche E. Seaver Endowed Chair of Communication. He researches and writes intercountry adoption as well as narrative, and communication ethics. He serves as the graduate programs director and interpersonal communication program coordinator. He teaches courses in interpersonal communication, communication ethics, identity, and leadership. He was evacuated from Vietnam in Operation Babylift at the end of the Vietnam War in April 1975 and adopted to an American family in May 1975.

Sarah Ballard, M.A., is a visiting professor at Pepperdine University and adjunct faculty member at California State University Channel Islands, both in communication. She teaches courses in conflict management, interpersonal communication, intercultural communication, family communication, and communication theory. Prior to university teaching, she had a successful counseling practice specializing in international and transracial adoption and she was a sought after adoption speaker and trainer. She has four adopted siblings from Korea. 

Robert and Sarah are married to each other with three children, two teenaged girls and a son adopted from Vietnam in 2010. 

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