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Angela Gist-Mackey

Assistant Professor
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Angela N. Gist-Mackey (Ph.D., University of Missouri) is Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at the University of Kansas with an expertise in organizational communication. She is an interpretive critical scholar that largely researches issues of social mobility and power in organized contexts. Her program of research frequently explores topics related to social class, stigmatized social identities, and organizational culture. In 2019 she won the best journal article of the year award from the National Communication Association’s Ethnography Division for her critical, comparative ethnographic research that analyzed the experiences of the unemployed across social class (i.e. white-collar and blue-collar) lines while they managed joblessness through organizational support groups. She has also examined the identity work and negotiation of individuals’ experiences as they cope with social mobility and/or stigma. Much of Dr. Gist-Mackey’s research is engaged scholarship partnering with local, regional, and campus organizations to provide insightful recommendations for improving their programming. Her scholarship has been published in outlets such as Organization Studies, Communication Monographs, Journal of Applied Communication Research, Management Communication Quarterly, Departures in Critical Qualitative Research, and Communication Education among other outlets. Dr. Gist-Mackey teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in organizational communication about topics including social identity and stigma, organizational culture, relational dynamics in the workplace, toxic organizational behavior, and qualitative methodology. Feel free to visit her professional website to learn more: https://angelagistmackey.weebly.com/. You can also review her publication record here: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1590-0728.

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