Debbie S. Dougherty

Debbie S. Dougherty
214 Switzler Hall

Debbie S. Dougherty (Ph.D. University of Nebraska, 2000) is Professor of Communication at University of Missouri and the Editor in Chief for the Journal of Applied Communication Research. She has served as the Associate Dean of Research for the College of Arts and Science, Interim Chair for the Department of Communication, and as a Faculty Fellow for the Vice Chancellor for Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity. Her research program explores the relationship between power and organizing, particularly as related to both sexual harassment and social class. She is most widely recognized for her research on the relationship between organizational culture and sexual harassment with numerous publications on this topic in national and international journals. She has provided training and development on sexual harassment with organizations such as the U.S. Army, the National Park Service, and PFS Brands and provides professional support to other organizations seeking information about sexual harassment. She has had a number of speaking engagements on sexual harassment and has been extensively utilized as a resource for news sources such as the New York Times, Newsweek, Forbes, and the Oprah Magazine.

Her research has been published in journals such as Harvard Business Review, Human Relations, Journal of Communication, Human Communication Research, Communication Monographs, Management Communication Quarterly, Journal of Applied Communication Research, and Sex Roles. She is currently the editor for Journal of Applied Communication Research and sits on the editorial board for seven scholarly journals. She has received numerous awards for her research and community projects including 10 top paper awards, The Jack Kay Award for Engaged Research, the Management Communication Quarterly Article of the Year Award, the Norman K. Denzin Qualitative Research Award, the Excellence in Education Award, and the Gold Chalk Award for graduate student mentoring.   

Research Interests

Organizational power, especially as it relates to sexual harassment
Emotion in organizations
Feminist standpoint theory

Courses Taught

Com 4476 - Organizational Communication
Com 4974 - Senior Capstone
Com 8110 - Introduction to Graduate Study in Communication
Com 8130 - Seminar on Qualitative Methods

Select Publications

Authored Books
Dougherty, D. S. (2011). The Reluctant Farmer: An Exploration of Work, Social Class, and the Production of Food. Troubador Publishing.

Sample Publications in Peer Reviewed Journals 
Dougherty, D. S. & Goldstein Hode, M. (2016). Binary Logics and the Discursive Interpretation of Sexual Harassment Policies.  Human Relations.

Krone, K. J. & Dougherty, D. S. (2015). From emotional labor to critical emotional agency. The Electronic Journal of Communication. Volume 25,

Bisel1, R. S., Barge, K. J., Dougherty, D.S. Lucas, K. & Tracy, S. J.  (2014). A round-table discussion of “Big” data in qualitative organizational communication research. Management Communication Quarterly, 28, 625-649.

Dixon, J., & Dougherty, D.S. (2014). A Language Convergence/Meaning Divergence Analysis Exploring How LGBTQ and Single Employees Manage Traditional Family Expectations in the Workplace. Journal of Applied Communication Research 42, 1-19

Denker, K, & Dougherty, D.S. (2013). Corporate colonization of couples' work-life negotiations: Rationalization, emotion management, and silencing conflict. Journal of Family Communication, 13, 242-262.   

Smith, F., & Dougherty, D. S. (2012). Retirement and the American dream: A master Narrative.  Management Communication Quarterly, 26, 453-478. Winner of the Management Communication Quarterly Article of the Year. 

Dougherty, D. S., *Mobley, S., & *Smith, S. (2010). Language Convergence and Meaning Divergence: A theory of intercultural communication. Journal of International and Intercultural Communication, 3,164-186.

Dougherty, D. S., Kramer, M. W., *Klatzke, S. R. & *Rogers, T. K. K. (2009) Language convergence and meaning divergence: A meaning centered communication theory. Communication Monographs.76, 20-46.

Dougherty, D. S., & *Drumheller, K. (2006). Sensemaking and emotions in organizations: Accounting for emotions in a rational(ized) context. Communication Studies 57, 215-238.

*McGuire, T., & Dougherty, D. S., & *Atkinson, J. (2006). “Paradoxing the dialectic”: The impact of patients’ sexual harassment in the discursive construction of nurses’ caregiving roles. Management Communication Quarterly, 19, 416-450.

Dougherty, D. S., & *Atkinson, J. (2006). Competing ethical communities and a researcher’s dilemma: The case of a sexual harasser. Qualitative Inquiry, 12, 292-315.