As an organizational communication scholar, I focus on the interrelationships between organizational practices, societal discourses, and identity construction. My research examines identity from multiple angles: how organizations establish particular identities for themselves; how organizational identities themselves influence individual sensemaking processes; and how various voices contribute to and challenge the ways that organizational identity is constructed and conveyed.
Adopting an Attitude of Wisdom in Theory and Practice of Organizational Rhetoric: Contemplating the Ideal and the Real (with Rebecca J. Meisenbach), Management Communication Quarterly (2011)
Threads of Intersection and Distinction: Joining an Ongoing Conversation within Organizational Communication Research (with Scott C. D'Urso), Communication Research Trends (2010)
What's In a Name: Managing Identity Expectations in a Catholic University: Divergent Stakeholder Perspectives (with Scott D'Urso), Journal of Catholic Higher Education (2009)
SaveDisney.com and Activist Challenges: A Habermasian Perspective on Corporate Legitimacy (with Rebecca J. Meisenbach), International Journal of Strategic Communication (2007)
This study develops a Habermasian framework for evaluating and generating challenges to organizational legitimacy. The...
Conflicts-of-Interest in Communication Research (with Lawrence Soley), Journal of Communication Inquiry (2006)
Increased corporate-sponsored university research and professorial consulting has caused medical, psychological, and other scientific journals...
[In Press] Toyota, Oh What a Feeling? Or Oh What a Mess: Ethics at the Intersection of Industry, Government, and Publics (with Rebecca J. Meisbach), Case Studies in Organizations: Ethical Perspectives and Practices (2012)
[In Press] The World is a….Network: Social Media and Cause Networks in the Girl Effect Movement (with Kati Berg), Public Relations and New Media (2011)
Dialogue, Discourse Ethics, and Disney (with Rebecca Meisenbach), Rhetorical and Critical Approaches to Public Relations (2009)
Exploring the Basement of Social Justice Issues: A Graduate Upon Graduation (with E. Kirby, J. Leighter, M.C. McBride, S. Tye-Williams, B. O. Murphey, and L. H. Turner), Communicating for Social Change (2009)