Suzy D'Enbeau

Suzy D'Enbeau

Associate Professor
Office Location:
161 Taylor Hall
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Suzy D’Enbeau (Ph.D., Purdue University) is an associate professor in the School of Communication Studies. She teaches courses in organizational communication, gender and communication, sex and communication, and qualitative methods.

Suzy has over 30 publications in three main areas. The first research area looks at how social change organizations navigate competing goals in a variety of contexts ranging from domestic violence prevention to transnational feminist organizing. A second area problematizes dominant ways of thinking about, constructing, and performing gender in different organizational contexts and in popular culture. A third research area unpacks some of the challenges of qualitative inquiry in terms of analysis and researcher identity. She is an associate editor of Management Communication Quarterly, and her work has appeared in leading journals such as Communication Monographs, Human Relations, Journal of Applied Communication Research, Journal of Management Inquiry, Qualitative Inquiry, and Women's Studies in Communication.

Refereed Journal Articles

Villamil, A., & D’Enbeau, S. (2021). Essential work in the U.S. during COVID-19: Navigating vulnerability–sustainability tensions. Sustainability,13(19).

D’Enbeau, S., Mesmer, K., & Socha, D. (2020). Discursive strategies and dilemmas of institutionalizing social justice in a higher education setting. Western Journal of Communication. DOI: 10.1080/10570314.2020.1798496

D’Enbeau, S. (2019). Communicating policy-practice orientations: The case of sexual violence response among college students. Journal of Applied Communication Research, 47, 420-438.

D’Enbeau, S. (2019, November 8). Communicating about policy and practice related to sexual violence on university campuses. Communication Currents. Retrieved from about-policy-and-practice-related-sexual-violence-university


Villamil, A., & D’Enbeau, S. (2020). Communication, gender, and career in MENA

D’Enbeau  7 countries: Navigating the push and pull of empowerment and exclusion (pp. 59- 72). In M. N. Goins, J. F. McAlister, & B. K. Alexander (Eds.), The Routledge handbook of communication and gender. London: Routledge.

Conference Papers

D’Enbeau, S., Husnick, K., & Socha, D. (2019, April). Normative struggles in everyday work practices: The case of social justice in higher education. Paper presented to the Central States Communication Association Convention, Omaha, NE. (Top Paper Award)


Ph.D., Purdue University, M.A. in Corporate Communication, Duquesne University, B.A. in Communication Studies, University of Pittsburgh


Organizational Communication, Gender and Communication, Qualitative methods and analysis.