Cynthia Stohl

Distinguished Professor
Organizational Communication

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Group Communication, Organizational Communication, Globalization and International Organizations, Networks, Collective Action


Cynthia Stohl is a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Communication, Past Director of the UCSB Center for Information, Technology, and Society, and Past President of the International Communication Association. Prior to joining the UCSB faculty in 2002 she was the Margaret Church Distinguished Professor and Head of the Department of Communication at Purdue University. Professor Stohl’s work connects several areas in organizational and group studies. She is concerned with the relationships among internal and external communication processes as they are manifest in global collaborations. Her early research focused upon communication networks and issues of workplace democracy in global manufacturing groups and has extended to exploring the changing communication partnerships amongst workers, management, communities, and civic and multinational organizations. Her most recent work addresses a diversity of network and collective action organizations focusing specifically on the role of new communication technologies, corporate social corporate social responsibility, and visibility management.

Professor Stohl has been the featured speaker at universities and international conferences throughout the United States, Europe, Asia, Australia, and New Zealand. Her research and teaching in organizational communication have been recognized for excellence by university and national associations. She has been the recipient of several research awards, including the National Communication Association Organizational Communication Division’s  Outstanding Book Awards in 2012 for Interaction and Engagement in an Era of Technological Change. Cambridge University Press (with B. Bimber & A. Flanagin) and in 1995 for Organizational Communication: Connectedness in Action (Sage Publications). In 2019 her article, “Organizational boundary regulation through social media policies” (with S. Banghart & M. Etter), received the Management Communication Quarterly Article of the Year Award.