Suzy D'Enbeau, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Communication Studies at Kent State University. Suzy received her B.A. in communication studies in 2000 from the University of Pittsburgh. She received her M.A. in corporate communication in 2004 from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, attending classes in the evening while working full-time in Alumni and Development Affairs for Semester at Sea. Suzy completed her Ph.D. in 2009 at Purdue University. Her dissertation articulates the tensions and contradictions of one media organization striving to stay financially solvent while maintaining a delicate balance between its independence and its feminist message of social change.
Suzy joined the faculty in the School of Communication Studies in August 2013, after having held a faculty position at the University of Kansas. She teaches courses in organizational communication, gender and communication, and qualitative methods and analysis. Suzy believes that the most effective pedagogy assists students in making connections between theory and their own experiences and encourages students to become engaged citizens. As such, students in her classes will often find themselves journaling; exploring how class concepts intersect with their personal values, beliefs, and goals; or engaging in service learning projects.
Suzy has over 20 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. Her work has appeared in leading journals such as Communication Monographs, Human Relations, Journal of Applied Communication Research, Qualitative Inquiry, and Women's Studies in Communication.
Originally from Fairview Park, Ohio, Suzy is excited to take her two young daughters, Roxanne and Isadora, on many adventures throughout northeastern Ohio.