Organizational communication, globalization, postcolonial studies
Office: CIS 3036
Dr. Pal's research specializes in organizational communication and globalization. Specifically, her research focuses on the study of a) organizing among underprivileged groups and their politics of resistance against institutional power, b) transnational labor issues such as discursive and material practices of outsourced Third World employees, c) communicative practices of resistance on activist group websites, and d) corporate practices of sustainability/sustainable development. Using a critical theoretical lens, and methodological frames such as ethnography, self-reflexive fieldwork, focus groups, interviews, and thematic analysis, Dr. Pal’s work explores communicative processes within the contexts of marginality, poverty, human rights, social justice, democratic ideals, and eco-colonialism. Her research has been published in Human Relations, Communication Monographs, Communication Theory, Communication Yearbook, Communication, Culture & Critique and elsewhere.
Ph.D., Purdue University. Communication Department. West Lafayette, Indiana, 2008