Dr. Edley teaches classes in organizational communication, gender and the workplace, corporate ethics and social responsibility, and qualitative research capstone. Her research interests include the intersections of power, gender, and identity in organizations, #METOO, rape culture, affirmative consent, alternative forms of organizing, feminist organizing, work-life balance, and women-owned businesses. She has published multiple book chapters and journal articles in such prestigious journals as Management Communication Quarterly, Communication Yearbook, Electronic Journal of Communication, Women and Language, Argumentation and Advocacy, etc.
In addition, Dr. Edley is committed to issues of social justice and tries to blend activism with her teaching and scholarship. She has participated in local, regional, and national protests of sexist, racist, and greedy organizational practices.
Rutgers University at New Brunswick: Ph.D., Communication 1997
Wake Forest University: M.A., Communication 1989
Wake Forest University: B.A., English 1984
Areas of Expertise (12)
Feminism American Politics Culture
Writing & Editing
Alternative Forms of Organization
Qualitative Research Methods
Corporate Social Responsibility
Gender and the Workplace
Industry Expertise (5)
Writing and Editing
Public Relations and Communications
Wise Woman (professional)
I was inducted into the Wise Woman Council of the Organization of Communication, Language, and Gender (OSCLG). I was selected by the Wise Women based on my leadership roles in OSCLG, (wo)mentoring of younger feminist scholars, and my feminist scholarly publications.
- Organization for the Study of Communication, Language, and Gender
- Women & Language Review Board
- Youth Drama Theater
- The Shepherd's House
- I Live Here
- Rutgers University
- Wake Forest University
Democracy and Authority: Ethnographic Articulation and Interventions for Social ChangeActivism and Rhetoric: Theories and Contexts for Political Engagement
This volume examines the role of rhetoric in today’s culture of democratic activism.
Body image of dancers in Los Angeles: the cult of slenderness and media influence among dance studentsResearch in Dance Education
Body image and self‐esteem are examined through personal stories among Los Angeles college dancers who grew up in the Hollywood culture of the cult of slenderness.
Stay-At-Home Fathers: Masculinity, Family, Work, and Gender StereotypesThe Electronic Journal of Communication
This paper examines the stay-at-home father and how society responds to nontraditional gendered family roles.
Discursive Essentializing in a Woman-Owned Business: Gendered Stereotypes and Strategic SubordinationManagement Communication Quarterly
Illustrates how the cultural practice of discursive essentializing in a woman-owned and operated business accomplished simultaneous agendas of power and resistance.
Discursive essentializing in a woman-owned businessManagement Communication Quarterly : McQ
The purpose of this project is to illustrate how the cultural practice of discursive essentializing in a woman-owned and operated business accomplished simultaneous agendas of power and resistance. Utilizing Foucault's (1980) conceptualization of power and resistance and Fuss's (1989) and Spivak's (1988) views of essentializing as apolitical move, the author illustrates how the performance of gendered stereotypes, rather than having expected negative consequences, allowed organizational members to suppress conflict and to reproduce the owners' concept of the ideal workplace for women.