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Courtney Hook, M.A.

Courtney Hook
Fall 2017 Cohort
SCHN 434

Specializations: Organizational Communication, Prison Activism, Health Narratives

Courtney Hook (M.A., San Diego State University) is a 4th-year doctoral candidate in the School of Communication Studies at Ohio University. Courtney's research explores the communicative constructions of rehabilitation, support, and advocacy in organizational and health contexts. Her ongoing scholarship is guided by an overarching interest in how organizational tensions reveal institutional metanarratives that, in turn, shape experiences and constructions of healing and (dis)engagement. As part of this work, Courtney has served as a research assistant for The Barbara Geralds Institute for Storytelling and Social Impact, where she engaged in community-based participatory research while helping as an Assistant Producer to develop the Defining Moments Podcast: Conversations about Health and Healing in partnership with the journal Health Communication. Courtney's work spans diverse contexts, including healthcare environments, courtrooms, waxing salons, and prisons, and recent publications can be found in Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies, Qualitative Research in Medicine and Healthcare, Dialogues in Social Justice, and Health Communication. 

In her dissertation, Courtney will expand understandings of (dis)engagement in involuntary arrangements and interrogate the ways rehabilitation is communicatively constructed by incarcerated individuals. Specifically, her project will take a dialectical lens to explore how the punishment-dialect is navigated in prisons. To support her dissertation work, Courtney was named the 2020-2021 Claude Kantner Graduate Fellowship recipient, a prestigious grant awarded through a competitive nomination process that provides one graduate student at Ohio University with a fellowship and full-tuition scholarship. 

Courtney is also committed to making a difference in the classroom. As Ohio University's nominee for the Excellence in Teaching Award by the Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools, Courtney's pedagogical experience spans from college classrooms to jails and prisons, where she has taught courses including: Fundamentals of Human Communication, Public Speaking, Communication Across Cultures, Principles and Techniques of Interviewing, Interpersonal Communications, Techniques of Group Discussion, and Organizational Communication. 

The School of Communication Studies has awarded Courtney with the 2019 Outstanding Researcher Award and the 2020 Outstanding Doctoral Student Award. She is also one of 100 recipients (of 928 applicants) of the P.E.O. Scholar Award. This award provides substantial support for women pursuing doctoral-level degrees who demonstrate high levels of academic achievement and potential for having a positive impact on society.