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Joshua B. Barbour

Assistant Professor
Department of Communication Studies

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Joshua B. Barbour (Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) is an assistant professor of Communication Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. He is a faculty affiliate of the Center for Health Communication, a collaboration between the Moody College of Communication and Dell Medical School, and he is a faculty affiliate of the Health Informatics and Health Information Technology Program at McCombs School of Business. His research investigates how macromorphic, societal structures create and complicate organizational problems and how those problems can be addressed in and through communication. His research is concerned with how organizations manage information and make meaning and how research can empower the (re)design of communication to help them do so with more sophistication. His current and past projects include engaged scholarship at a toxic waste storage facility, in nuclear power plants, with disaster preparation groups, and in healthcare organizations, settings where communication has important effects and can be a key site of intervention. His current research focuses on understanding the communicative difficulties of data-intensive work in, for example, analytics and automation and developing theory of organizational communication design. His work has appeared in Communication ResearchCommunication MonographsCommunication Theorythe Journal of Health Communication, the Journal of Applied Communication Research, the Journal of Communication, and Management Communication Quarterly.