Wayne State University

Dr. Rahul Mitra


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Rahul Mitra is an assistant professor of organizational communication. Prior to obtaining his doctorate from Purdue University, he worked in the news broadcast and public relations fields in India for three and a half years. His scholarship focuses on sustainable business, corporate social responsibility, leadership, career and meaningful work, and organizing for social change. He is a mixed methods researcher, employing both qualitative and quantitative methods. His work has appeared in peer-reviewed publications such as Environmental CommunicationManagement Communication QuarterlyHuman RelationsCommunication TheoryInternational Journal of Business Communication, Public Relations Review, and Journal of Business Ethics.

In December 2011, Mitra launched and is senior editor of a teaching resource designed for students and faculty of organizational communication, which gathers contemporary instances of "organizational communication in the news.” The site can be followed on facebook and twitter as well. He is also a guest contributor at CSRWire Talkback, a forum for practitioners working in corporate social responsibility and environmental sustainability. His posts can be read HERE.

Area of Expertise

My research topics include: sustainable business, corporate social responsibility, leadership, career and meaningful work, and organizing for social change. I am a mixed methods researcher, employing both qualitative and quantitative methods in my research.

Awards & Honors

2016-2017     Faculty Fellow, “Next Generation” Humanities Faculty Mentoring Fellowship Team, Wayne State University. ($2,500 awarded)

2016                Resident Scholar. Humanities Center, Wayne State University (Winter and Spring-Summer 2016 semesters).

2014                Visiting Fellowship, Institute of the North, Anchorage AK.

2014                Humanities Center Faculty Fellowship, Wayne State University.

2014                Dean’s Creative/Research Grant, College of Fine, Performing & Communication Arts, Wayne State University. 

2013                Harriet Dowdell Bantz, Sandra G. Petronio, and Charles R. Bantz Endowed Faculty Development Award, Wayne State University.

In addition, I have won several Top Paper awards at international, national, and regional conferences, such as the International Communication Association, National Communication Association, and Central States Communication Association.

Degrees and Certifications

Ph. D. - Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN (August 2013), Major area of study: Organizational Communication

M. A. - Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH (August 2009). Major area of study: Organizational Communication/ Public Relations

Postgraduate Diploma - Asian College of Journalism, Chennai, India (May 2004), Major area of study: Print Journalism

B. Sc. - University of Calcutta, at St. Xavier’s College, Kolkata, India (May 2003), Major area of study: Economics (Honors)

Recent Publications

Mitra, R., & Fyke, J. (accepted and forthcoming). Purpose-Driven consultancies’ negotiation of organizational tensions. Journal of Applied Communication Research.

Mitra, R., & Buzzanell, P.M. (2016). Communicative tensions of meaningful work: The case of sustainability practitioners. Human Relations. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1177/0018726716663288

Mitra, R. (2016). Re-Constituting “America”: The clean energy economy ventriloquized. Environmental Communication, 10, 269-288. doi: 10.1080/17524032.2015.1047885

Long, Z., Buzzanell, P.M., Wu, M., Mitra, R., Kuang, K., & Suo, H. (2015). Global communication for organizing sustainability and resilience. China Media Research, 11 (4), 67-77.

Mitra, R. (2015). Proposing a culture-centered approach to career scholarship: The example of subsistence careers in the US Arctic. Human Relations, 68, 1813-1835. doi: 10.1177/0018726715570100 (Lead article.)

Mitra, R. (2016). Sustaining “green consumption.” In J. Fyke, J. Faris., & P.M. Buzzanell (Eds.), Cases in organizational and managerial communication: Stretching boundaries (pp. 204-208). New York: Routledge.

Mitra, R., & Buzzanell, P.M. (2015). Introduction: Organizing/Communicating sustainably. Management Communication Quarterly, 29, 130-134. doi:10.1177/0893318914563573

Mitra, R., & Warshay, N. (2015). Policy discourse and mandatory CSR in India. In D. Jamali, C. Karam, & M. Blowfield (Eds.), Development-oriented corporate social responsibility (Vol. 2): Locally-led initiatives in developing economies (pp. 106-120). Greenleaf Publishing.

Mitra, R. (2013). From transformational leadership to leadership “trans-formations”: A critical dialogic perspective. Communication Theory, 23, 395-416.doi: 10.1111/comt.12022

Mitra, R., & O’Connor, E. (2013). Perceptions of economic globalization, emerging influence, and international organizations in India. Public Relations Review, 39, 587-590.

Mitra, R. (2013). The neo-capitalist firm in emerging India: Organization-State-Media linkages. International Journal of Business Communication, 50, 3-33. doi:10.1177/0021943612465179 (Lead article)

Mitra, R. (2012). “My country’s future”: A culture-centered interrogation of corporate social responsibility in India. Journal of Business Ethics, 106, 131-147. doi:10.1007/s10551-011-0985-8


Courses Taught

COM 3250: Introduction to Organizational Communication

COM 4500: Leadership Communication

COM 6250: Organizational Communication

COM 4270: Group Communication COM 7410 Communication Theory