David Givens

David Givens

Dr. Givens is currently the Director for the Center for Nonverbal Studies in Spokane.  He previously served as an Anthropologist in Residence at the American Anthropological Association in Washington, DC.  His expertise is in nonverbal communication, anthropology and the brain.

Dr. Givens has presented to the Smithsonian Institution and the National Academy of Sciences.  Alongside neuroscientist Paul MacLean, Dr. Givens introduced the word, “isopraxism” into the English Language and his online Nonverbal Dictionary is used around the world as a reference tool.


  • COML 504: Organizational Communication

  • COML 515: Seminar in Interpersonal and Small Group Communication

  • COML 602 & 680: Communication & Leadership Seminar | Thesis


  • B.A., Gonzaga University
  • M.A., Gonzaga University
  • Ph.D., Anthropology, University of Washington