Hallie is a PhD candidate in the department of communication. Her work focuses on issues of visibility, hiddenness, and secrecy in the context of organizations and communities. Her other passions and research interests include online cultures and communities; informal, leaderless, and nontraditional organizing/organizations; and the organizing that occurs alongside social movements. She has taught sections of organizational communication, sexual communication, and public speaking, receiving recognition from her students for outstanding teaching effectiveness (CITL).
Online organizing and community
My current dissertation research examines how organizations balance transparency with the protection of sensitive organizational information. Few (if any) organizations benefit from making all their information available to every audience -- secrets aren't always a bad thing; they're often necessary for an organization to function. I'm interested in how organizations negotiate this balancing act of making certain information available to some audiences, while protecting other information. Rather than thinking about hiddenness as a characteristic of an organization, I explore how hiddenness is continuously managed and negotiated by those within the organization, and what the ongoing labor of hiddenness looks like in the context of organizations.
B.S., Texas Christian University
M.S., Texas Christian University
Barley, W.C., Dinh, L., Workman, H., & Fang, C. (2019) Exploring the relationship between interdisciplinary ties and linguistic familiarity using multilevel network analysis. Communication Research
Workman, H., & Coleman, C.A. "The front page of the Internet: Safe spaces and hyperpersonal communication among females in an online community." Southwestern Mass Communication Journal, vol. 29, no. 2, 2014.