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Ashcraft, Karen Lee Professor

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  • 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.

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  • 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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Teaching

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  • COMM 3420 - Gender and Communication
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Fall 2018 / Fall 2019
    Examines gender as a social practice that remains vital to identities, relationships, and institutions in contemporary society. Treats gender as something we do or enact through communication, rather than as something we are or have, and explores the implications of this shift in perspective. Investigates how gender interacts with sexuality, race, class, nation, age, ability, and other aspects of identity.
  • COMM 6200 - Seminar: Selected Topics
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018
    Facilitates understanding of current and past theory and research on a selected topic in communication and the ability to develop new theory and research on that topic. May be repeated up to 9 total credit hours on different topics.

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