PhDs on the Job Market

Devika Banerji Devika 


Devika is a Ph.D. candidate in the Brian Lamb School of Communication at Purdue University. She started her career as a financial journalist during the 2008 Economic Debt Crisis. The experience piqued her interest in exploring the challenges and processes of communication in financial and other organizational contexts. Her research program focusses on decision making, social networks, new media technologies and small group communication. She is interested to explore the processes by which online and offline social networks impact individual perceptions and organizational decisions. More specifically, her dissertation is looking at how and to what extent do investors interpret and act on founder human capital and social capital cues on LinkedIn. She is an active member of the Communication & Cognition Lab at the Brian Lamb School of Communication that uses psychological methods to study the role of communication in decision making. The lab conducts experimental research in the areas of persuasion, social influence, risk and group communication. She has led a project, which also included mentoring research assistants, that looks into the role of strategic ambiguity in credit card consumer choice behavior. She is also a part of a research team that is looking at students’ recycling behavior. The project, led by Dr. Torsten Reimer, is funded by a grant from non-profit environmental awareness organization Keep America Beautiful. Her dissertation research is funded by a Purdue Research Foundation Grant (Summer 2016) and a PROMISE award from the College of Liberal Arts at Purdue University. She is also an Entrepreneurship Research Fellow (2017-18) with Rowan University and is collaborating on a project that looks at social influences on entrepreneurial intent. Devika has taught multiple classes as a primary instructor (e.g Organizational Communication, Communicating in the Global Workplace, Discussion in Technical Problems, Small Group Communication, Principles of Interviewing, Public Speaking). She also has experience in teaching standalone online sections (e.g Principles of Persuasion) and has been a teaching assistant for courses like Communication Research Methods and Principles of Persuasion. She has demonstrated a strong commitment to service. She has reviewed articles for conferences and publications, volunteered with conference organizing and facilitation.Within the university setting, she has led and served on committees that support our students and institutions, including serving as president of the Purdue Communication Graduate Student Association (CGSA) and a member of Purdue Convocations. As the president of CGSA, she has demonstrated her commitment to diversity and inclusion by initiating a new position that concentrates on measures to enhance inclusion and dialogue within the department. For her service, she was awarded the Brian Lamb School of Communication Service Award (2017).

Sean Eddington Sean


Sean Eddington is a doctoral candidate in the Brian Lamb School of Communication studying Organizational Communication. Sean’s primary research interests exist at the intersections of organizational communication, resilience, gender, and social justice - particularly as it relates to men’s understanding of their gendered identity. Specifically, Sean’s dissertation research, Networks of Outrage and Identity: Organizing and Identification within /r/TheRedPill, examines online spaces as sites for organizational processes, identity formation and negotiation, gender, and social support in an online men’s rights community. The project potentially offers a pathway into understanding how and why online harassment and gendered threats are becoming increasingly prevalent in online spaces. His dissertation employs multi-level, computational analyses to examine both micro and macro levels of organizing within the Reddit community. Sean has also examined career issues within the engineering discipline regarding (1) new faculty experiences throughout their on-boarding and (2) educational cultures that impact the professional formation of engineers, which was funded by the National Science Foundation. Both of these projects have been published in the American Society of Engineering Education Conference Proceedings. During his time at Purdue, Sean has presented numerous competitive papers and teaching activities at local, national, and international conferences. Sean has also taught a variety of undergraduate courses including Presentational Speaking, Academic and Career Planning, Small Groups Communication, and Organizational Communication. He has also served as a series editor, contributed to trade publications, and facilitated workshops related to higher education administrators’ work experiences. Sean is also actively engaged within mentoring activities within the Purdue community and has served as an advisor to multiple student leadership organizations on campus including Beta Theta Pi, which he has received both campus and international awards for his service and mentoring to the local chapter.

Emily Martinez Emily 


Emilly is a doctoral candidate in Organizational Communication. Her research interests lie at the intersections of organizational and interpersonal communication. Specifically, she examines the communicative (re)production of structural barriers to gender equity in the workforce. Emilly’s research has examined the gender wage gap, career choices, experiences of sexism in the workforce, and gendered socialization processes. Her research projects have been funded by the Cassandra Book Scholarship, a PROMISE Award from the College of Liberal Arts at Purdue, and the Purdue Research Foundation summer fellowship. Emilly’s dissertation addresses the enduring problem of sexism in the technology industry, specifically within sharing economy organizations. Her project examines how employees at various organizational levels (e.g., executives, managers, employees), as well as board members and contractors, construct knowledge about gender diversity and inclusion policies. Her project aims to enhance understandings of obstacles to policy enactment and unearth ways in which organizations could create more equitable work environments. Emilly has presented or will soon present competitively selected papers and posters at the annual meetings of the National Communication Association, the Aspen Conference on Engaged Communication Research, the Central States Communication Association, and the Organizational Communication Mini-Conference. During her time at Purdue University, Emilly has taught Fundamentals of Speech Communication, Interpersonal Communication, Organizational Communication, and a specialty course in Careers, Communication Issues, & Strategies. She also independently mentored an undergraduate student in qualitative methods. Outside of academe, Emilly volunteers as an advocate for children through Tippecanoe County’s Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) program.

Jessica Pauly Jessica 


Jessica Pauly is a Ph.D. candidate in the Brian Lamb School of Communication at Purdue University. She identifies as an organizational communication scholar with particular interest in identity, social change, religion, and gender. Jessica is a recipient of the Purdue Research Foundation fellowship grant to complete her dissertation, Authoring Organizational Tensions within the Roman Catholic Church: Women Religious Organize for Themselves. Taking a tension-centered approach to organizations, the goal of this dissertation is to explore how authority/authoring complicates individual through structural policy aspects of alternative organizing within the Roman Catholic Church. Jessica’s past work follows a similar path of interest examining feminism, and values associated with social change pedagogy. She has a manuscript currently under review in The Journal of Communication and Religion considering how women who identify as Catholic and feminist negotiate these two seemingly conflicting identities. Her past work exploring service-learning perspectives and values-centered pedagogy at a research-intensive university is published in Kaleidoscope: A Graduate Journal of Qualitative Communication Research. Jessica’s research has been presented at annual meetings of the National Communication Association, and the International Association of Communication, as well as regional conferences. Jessica has experience as a research assistant on multiple projects, including the Purdue Peace Project, which engages a locally-led approach to peacebuilding in West Africa and Central America. Through this work, she has traveled to Ghana to aid and assist local peacebuilding efforts, collected data, and co-wrote research articles for publication. Jessica also has past experience as an assistant program coordinator for the Susan Bulkeley Butler Center for Leadership Excellence at Purdue, and prior to that, she was assistant to the director for the Center for Civic and Social Responsibility at the University of Kansas. Both of these administrative experiences build on her interests in feminism, gender studies, identity, and social change. During her time at Purdue, Jessica has enjoyed teaching Small Group Communication, Organizational Communication, and Public Speaking (both in-class and online sections).

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