Bailey Benedict

Bailey Benedict

Graduate Student // Communication


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Room: BRNG 2153

Office hours: Fall 2020: Tuesday 1:00pm – 4:00pm by appointment; Thursday 1:00pm -4:00pm

Email: benedict@purdue.edu

Phone: (765) 496-6174


Bailey C Benedict is a doctoral candidate in the Brian Lamb School of Communication at Purdue University. She earned her MA in Communication from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and her BA in Communication Studies from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. She studies organizational and interpersonal communication, with special interests in network theory and analysis.

As a social scientist, Benedict employs multiple and mixed research methods, especially survey research methods using egocentric network analysis and structural equation modeling. Her research centers on how individuals and communities organize social networks to manage uncertainty and enact resilience, especially when enduring or overcoming hardships like natural disasters. She serves as a Research Assistant for two interdisciplinary, multi-university projects funded by the National Science Foundation to study hurricane preparation, evacuation, and recovery. Her dissertation examines how Facebook Groups offered spaces for community organizing for disaster relief and facilitated recovery after the Camp Fire in California.

Benedict is an Assistant Director for COM 114: Introduction to Presentational Speaking. She teaches classes like Small Group Communication, Organizational Communication, and Business and Professional Communication, and hopes to teach introductory and advanced courses in network analysis and quantitative, qualitative, and computational research methods in the future.

Representative Publications

Benedict, B. C. (2020). Examining the experiences of remaining employees after a coworker dismissal:
          Initial message characteristics, information seeking, uncertainty, and perceived social costs. Management
          Communication Quarterly.
https://doi.org/10.1177/0893318920949327

Lee, S., Benedict, B. C., Jarvis, C. M., Siebeneck, L., & Kuenanz, B-J. (2020). Support and barriers in long-
          term recovery after Hurricane Sandy: Improvisation as a communicative process of resilience. Journal of
          Applied Communication Research
. https://doi.org/10.1080/00909882.2020.1797142

Siebeneck, L. K., Schumann, R. III., Kuenanz, B-J., Lee, S., Benedict, B. C., Jarvis, C. M., & Ukkusuri, S. V.
          (2020). Returning home after Superstorm Sandy: Phases in the return-entry process. National Hazards,
          101
(1), 195-215. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11069-020-03869-1


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