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Stacey L. Connaughton

Professor of Communication, Director of the Purdue Policy Research Institute, Purdue University
Chapter Leader: Indiana SSN
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About Stacey

Connaughton’s research focuses on leadership and multi-stakeholder organizing, most recently in the context of political violence prevention initiatives. Overarching themes in Connaughton’s writings include locally led peacebuilding, intergroup conflict, community-based political violence prevention, the relationally attentive approach to engaged scholarship, and academic-practitioner collaborations. Connaughton has been a consultant for industry, military, and higher education on virtual teams, leadership, and effective communication worldwide.

In the News

Opinion: "The Need for Dialogue is Now," Stacey L. Connaughton (with Jessica Berns), Diplomatic Courier, February 23, 2017.
Quoted by John Tozzi in "The Best Weapon Against Ebola in West Africa Is Winning Public Trust," Accountabiity Lab, October 30, 2014.


"Doing Engaged Scholarship: Inclusion Theory Meets Practice in the Context of a Peacebuilding Initiative in West Africa" (with Jennifer K. Ptacek), in Organizing Inclusion Moving Diversity From Demographics to Communication Processes (Routledge, 2020), 43-57.

Examines the tensions among inclusion theory and the practice of doing inclusion in the context of locally led peacebuilding initiatives. Highlights how we tried to live out inclusionary principles in our practice of collaborating with local West African citizens who led and designed political violence prevention initiatives in their communities.

"Citizens’ Political Public Relations: Unpacking Choices, and Emergent and Deliberate Strategies in Building Trust and Relations Among Groups in Conflict" (with Arunima Krishna and Jasmine R. Linabary). Public Relations Review 46, no. 1 (2020).

Examines a locally led peacebuilding initiative in which Ghanaian youth helped prevent political violence in their community. Develops a construct citizens' political public relations.

"Extending Communication Campaign from Health to Peacebuilding: A Locally Driven Communication Campaign Approach as Part of A Peacebuilding Initiative in Liberia" (with Kai Kuang, Jasmine R. Linabary, Arunima Krishna, Kelly S. Vibber, Agaptus Anaele, and Liliya Yakova). Health Communication 35, no. 8 (2019).

Studies our application of our locally led peacebuilding approach to health campaigns by examining our work with Liberian citizens to help prevent the spread of Ebola.

Locally Led Peacebuilding: Global Case Studies (edited with Jessica Berns) (Rowman & Littlefield, 2019).

Makes the case for locally led peacebuilding with chapters from academics and practitioners in Colombia, Guatemala, Kenya, Iraq, Liberia, Nigeria, Pakistan, Sierra Leone, Somaliland, Sri Lanka, Uganda, and the United Kingdom.

"Liberia’s Pen-Pen Riders: Case Study of a Locally-Driven, Dialogic Approach to Transformation, Peacebuilding and Social Change" in Communication and Conflict Transformation: Local to Global Engagements, edited by Peter M. Kellet and Thomas G. Matyok (Lexington Books., 2017), 71-91.

Examines the locally led peacebuilding initiatives of local Liberians. Explains our locally led approach to peacebuilding and demonstrates local citizens' contributions to individual, group, and community outcomes.

"Explicating the Relationally Attentive Approach to Conducting Engaged Communication Scholarship" (with jasmine R. Linabary, Arunima Krishna, Kai Kuang, Agaptus Anaele, and Kelly S. Vibber). journal of Applied Communication Research, 45, no. 5 (2017): 517-536.

Presents what we term the Relationally Attentive Approach to Doing Engaged Scholarship. Discusses while this approach was developed for locally-led peacebuilding, this approach can be used in other multi-stakeholder collaborations.