Her scholarship has been shaped by her multicultural background, growing up and studying in Côte d'Ivoire, Zimbabwe, the Netherlands, France, and the United States. Her research lies at the intersections of three areas of scholarship: global communication, organizational communication, and gender and communication.
An interpretive and critical scholar, Joelle has explored these interests from both discursive and material angles. Discursively, she studies how organizations fostering social change generate discourses that enable or constrain the agency of subjects from developing nations. Materially, she studies communicative strategies and organizations that women use to achieve social change in developing nations. For instance, her dissertation focused on market women's grassroots organizations in postconflict Liberia and their contribution to the peacebuilding process. Her most recent project is a comparative study of nonprofit organizing around gender diversity issues in Côte d' Ivoire and Liberia. Her work has appeared in Qualitative Inquiry among other venues.
Joelle will be teaching courses in intercultural communication, organizational communication, and gender and communication. She has taught courses such as Small Group Communication and Qualitative Communication Research Methods in the past.