Rebecca Meisenbach

Rebecca Meisenbach
Associate Professor
218 Switzler Hall

Dr. Rebecca Meisenbach researches issues of marginalized identity and ethics in organizational life. She has researched identity negotiations among higher education fund-raisers, community choir members, working moms, female breadwinners, and pageant participants. Most recently she has been exploring stigma as an intersectional communication process operating at individual and organizational levels. Her theory of Stigma Management Communication focuses on the interactions of stigma attitudes and stigma management strategies. 

She currently serves on four editorial boards, is past Editor-in-Chief of the flagship journal for research on organizational communication, Management Communication Quarterly. and is a past associate editor of the journal Culture and Organization. Her research has been published in a variety of disciplinary journals including: Communication Monographs, Health Communication, Human Relations, Journal of Applied Communication Research, Management Communication QuarterlyNonprofit Management and Leadership, and Sex Roles

Dr. Meisenbach founded the Department of Communication’s summer study abroad program and teaches courses in organizational communication, communication theory, and qualitative research methods.

Research Interests

Identity Negotiation
Organizational Ethics
Stigma Management
Strategic Communication

Courses Taught

Comm 3050 - Introduction to Communication
Comm 3460 - Organizational Advocacy
Comm 4476 - Organizational Communication
Comm 8130 - Seminar on Qualitative Methods –Phenomenology and Ethnography
Comm 8410 – Introductory Graduate Seminar in Organizational Communication Theory    

Select Publications

Villamil, A., Branton, S. & Meisenbach, R. J. (2024). Inclusion and equity in organizational communication. In V. D. Miller & M. S. Poole (Eds.), Handbook of organizational communication science. De Gruyter.


Meisenbach, R. J., & Pringle, M. S., (2024). Phenomenological approaches to qualitative organizational communication research. In B. H. J. M. Brummans, B. C. Taylor, & A. Sivunen (Eds.), SAGE Handbook of qualitative research in organizational communication. SAGE.


Valiavska, A., & Meisenbach, R. (2023). Racialized scripts of silence: How whiteness organizes silence as a response to social protest about racism in the United States. Journal of Applied Communication Research, 51(6), 582–601.


Ranjit, Y. S., Das, M., & Meisenbach, R. (2023). COVID-19 Courtesy stigma among healthcare providers in India: A study of stigma management communication and its impact. Health Communication, 38(13), 2833–2842.


Meisenbach, R. J., & Hutchins, D. (2020). Stigma communication and power: Managing inclusion and exclusion in the workplace. In M. Doerfel and J. Gibbs (Eds.) Organizing inclusion: Moving diversity from demographics to communication processes (pp. 25-42). Routledge.


Meisenbach, R. J., Rick, J. M., & Brandhorst, J. (2019). Managing occupational identity threats and job turnover: How former and current fundraisers manage moments of stigmatized identities. Nonprofit Management and Leadership, 29(3), 383-399.


Meisenbach, R. J. (2010). Stigma management communication: A theory and agenda for applied research on how individuals manage moments of stigmatized identity. Journal of Applied Communication Research, 38, 268-292.


Meisenbach, R. J. (2010). The female breadwinner: Phenomenological experience and gendered identity in work-family spaces. Sex Roles: A Journal of Research, 62 (1&2), 2-19.