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Rachael E. Purtell

Third Year Ph.D. Candidate; COMM 306 Coordinator

Curriculum Vitae
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Areas of Emphasis:

Intergroup Communication
Interpersonal Communication


Rachael E. Purtell is a third year doctoral candidate with a primary research emphasis in intergroup communication and a secondary emphasis in interpersonal communication. Specifically, Rachael is interested in contributing to our understanding of how social issues are communicated and perpetuated in the workplace by taking a social issue-centered perspective on analyzing organizational culture and communication and studying interpersonal dynamics in traditionally underrepresented romantic relationships (e.g., consensually non monogamous relationships). Rachael has taught COMM 212: Gender Communication, COMM 306: Organizational Communication, and COMM 303: Business and Professional Communication and currently serves as an editorial assistant for Journal of Family Communication. In Fall 2022, Rachael will be teaching COMM 212: Gender Communication and COMM 303: Business and Professional Communication.


B.A., Communication Studies and Psychology, State University of New York New Paltz 
M.A., Communication Studies, West Virginia University