Graduate Student // Communication
Office and Contact
Room: BRNG 2153
Office hours: Spring 2021: Virtual - Monday 1:00pm - 4:00pm
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.
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