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Rebecca Meisenbach

Assistant Professor of Communication
College of Arts and Science
Department of Communication

meisenbachr@missouri.edu

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Biography

Meisenbach, Rebecca

Dr. Rebecca Meisenbach ‘s research focuses on issues of identity in relation to nonprofit and gendered organizing. She uses both qualitative and rhetorical methods to explore identity at both macro and micro levels. One current project examines the identity negotiations of higher education fundraisers, including how the fundraisers construct positive professional identities in the face of stigmatizing societal discourse. She is also looking at how these fundraisers construct and manage organizational, occupational, and sector-based identifications, and how this negotiation process promotes ethical decision-making. On a macro level, she is developing Habermas’s discourse ethics as a moral framework for organizing. Her research has been published in Communication Monographs, Communication Yearbook, International Journal of Strategic Communication, Management Communication Quarterly, and more.
Dr. Meisenbach was the first recipient of the Charles Redding Graduate Fellowship at Purdue University, and her dissertation won the John Grenzebach Award for Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation on Philanthropy, sponsored by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education and the Association of Fund Raising Professionals. She was recognized for excellence in teaching while at Purdue, and her recent paper on fundraising and public relations was awarded top competitive paper in the Public Relations Division at the International Communication Association convention.

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