Claudia Janssen Danyi, Ph.D.
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Areas of Expertise
Ph.D., Purdue University, Brian Lamb School of Communication, 2011M.A., Technical University Carolo-Wilhelmina zu Braunschweig, Germany, 2006
I am a teacher/scholar of public relations, crisis communication, and organizational rhetoric. I love preparing our students for the exciting and growing profession of public relations. My research helps me stay current, guide cutting edge student research and integrate recent developments into our classes and curriculum.
As a researcher, I analyze and critique organizational discourse and am interested in understanding processes of organizational message construction. More specifically, my work is located at the intersections of crisis communication, activist public relations, and corporate social responsibility. It is ultimately oriented toward developing communication frameworks and theories that can help a) organizations respond to activist stakeholders & crises ethically, constructively, and effectively and b) activist groups resist unethical corporate behavior and achieve change.
I have, for instance, developed the framework of Corporate Historical Responsibility (CHR) that provides an orientation for organizations that want (or are pressured) to address a dark corporate history in the present. My current projects focus on activist strategies in resistance to corporate pseudo-apologies, such as Gruenenthal's 2012 apology to the victims of thalidomide among others, the experience of the individual in organizational crisis communication, and ontological assumptions of crisis communciation genres and their consequences.
Contact InformationPhone: 217-581-2016 (messages)
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