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Ashcraft, Karen Lee Professor


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research overview

  • Professor Ashcraft's research examines how relations of difference, such as gender and race, come to matter in work and organizational life. She addresses a range of contexts, from bureaucratic and alternative forms of organizing to specific industries, spanning occupations as diverse as commercial aviation, social services, and academic labor. Her work has appeared in such outlets as Academy of Management Journal, Administrative Science Quarterly, Organization, and Communication Monographs, as well as in two co-authored books, Reworking Gender (Sage, 2004) and The Work of Communication (Routledge, 2017). She received the 2013 Best Article of the Year award from the Academy of Management Review for her formulation of the “glass slipper,” which captures how communication generates occupational identity and professional privilege through bodily association. Her current work considers how new materialisms can enrich communication theory and practice amid contemporary capitalism.


  • organizational communication, organization and management theory, feminist and critical theory, affect theory, organizational and occupational forms and identities, work and professions, alternative organizing, culture and power, difference, race, gender, sexuality, class, gendered organization, workplace diversity, qualitative research methods, organizational ethnography, aviation industry


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courses taught

  • COMM 3420 Gender and Communication (Spring 2019)
  • COMM 6950 Master's Thesis (Spring 2019)
  • COMM 8990 Doctoral Dissertation (Spring 2019)
  • COMM 3420 Gender and Communication (Fall 2018)
  • COMM 8990 Doctoral Dissertation (Fall 2018)
  • COMM 3420 Gender and Communication (Spring 2018)
  • COMM 6200 Seminar: Selected Topics (Spring 2018)
  • COMM 6950 Master's Thesis (Spring 2018)
  • COMM 8990 Doctoral Dissertation (Spring 2018)


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