Ohio University

Danielle Biss, M.A.

Danielle Biss, M.A.
Fall 2020 Cohort
RTVC 254

Specializations: Critical Organizational Communication, Difference and Organizing, Disability Studies, and Trauma-Informed Care 

Danielle C. Biss (M.A., San Diego State University) is a first-year doctoral student at Ohio University. Her research lies at the intersections of critical organizational communication, difference and organizing, and disability studies. Her ongoing scholarship is guided by an overarching interest in resilience, voluntary membership, support, and advocacy efforts in nonprofit organizing for disenfranchised communities. Her master’s thesis was an organizational ethnography of an anti-violence nonprofit that investigated tensional knots that restrict staff from supporting Deaf/Hard of Hearing survivors of sexual assault or intimate partner violence. Danielle was also a fellow of the Bread and Roses Center for Feminist Research and Activism. This fellowship supported her efforts to engage in activist research with a feminist community-based organization.


Danielle’s work can be found in Kaleidoscope: A Graduate Journal of Qualitative Communication Research. Over the last four years, Danielle has also presented over 15 original research projects at national and regional conferences, such as the National Communication Association, Western States Communication Association, the Organization for the Study of Communication, Language, and Gender, and the Organizational Communication Mini Conference. Her recent work focuses on regimes of truth in responses to sexual assault disclosures, critical perspectives to constructing resilience in high stake volunteerism, and de/constituting place and space for people with physical disabilities and visual impairments. As a native Southern Californian, Danielle joins the School of Communication Studies at Ohio University with her two cats, Brûlée and Finn, and husky puppies, Leila & Kula.

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