Dr. Rebecca Meisenbach teaches courses in organizational communication, the senior capstone, qualitative research methods, and the introductory course in communication. She is interested in promoting study and work abroad opportunities for students. Dr. Meisenbach’s research focuses on issues of marginalized identity and ethics in relation to nonprofit and gendered organizing. She has researched identity negotiations in the contexts of higher education fund-raisers, community choir members, working moms, and female breadwinners. Most recently she has been exploring the processes by which moments of stigmatized identities are constructed and managed in organizational life. Her theory of Stigma Management Communication focuses on the interactions of stigma attitudes and stigma management strategies at the individual level. At the organizational level, her research incorporates a rhetorical approach to explore the identity management and ethics involved in practices of organizations such as Toyota, the American Red Cross, and those represented in the television show Undercover Boss.
Her research has been published in a variety of disciplinary journals including: Communication Monographs, International Journal of Strategic Communication, Journal of Applied Communication Research, Management Communication Quarterly, and Sex Roles. She has received Article of the Year awards for two of her recent publications, and she currently serves on the editorial boards of five academic journals. Dr. Meisenbach also serves as the managing director for OSCLG, the Organization for the Study of Communication, Language, and Gender. (www.osclg.org)