Dr. Lauren Hearit

Assistant Professor of Management
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Lauren Berkshire Hearit joined the Hope faculty in 2017. Her research focuses on the intersection of economics, strategic communication and organizational communication. She is interested in how economic and political actors shape our perceptions about the performance of the economy. Her courses include Marketing Management and Management Perspectives and Theory.

Areas of Expertise

  • Organizational communication
  • Economic communication
  • Strategic communication


  • Ph.D., organizational communication, Purdue University, December 2018
  • Certificate, international strategic communication, Copenhagen Business School, 2015
  • M.A., public affairs & issue management, Purdue University, 2014
  • B.A., public policy, French, Western Michigan University, 2012

Honors, Grants & aWARDS

  • Promise Grant Recipient, College of Liberal Arts, Purdue University, 2016
  • Runner up, Bruce Kendall Award for Teaching Excellence in a Graduate Student, Brian Lamb School of Communication, Purdue University, 2016
  • Presidential Scholar, Department of Political Science, Western Michigan University, 2012
  • Phi Beta Kappa, Western Michigan University, 2011
  • Medallion Scholar, Western Michigan University, 2008–2012 


  • "JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America, Wells Fargo, and the Financial Crisis of 2008," International Journal of Business Communication, 15(2), 2018
  • "Women on Wall Street," in Handbook of Financial Communication and Investor Relations, A.V. Laskin (ed.), Wiley, 2018
  • "Communication as an economic tool and constitutive force: Chairman Greenspan’s talk about uncertainties in future U.S. conditions," with P.M. Buzzanell, in The Year in C-SPAN Archives Research, Volume 4, R.X. Browning (ed.), Purdue University Press, 2018
  • "Presidential communication in tumultuous times: Insights into key shifts, normative implications, and research opportunities," with J.M. Scacco and K. Coe, Annals of the International Communication Association, 42, 2018
  • “The meaning of work and the absence of workers in Les Mandarins: Irony at work through the camouflaged essential accessory,” with R.P. Clair, Tamara: Journal for Critical Organizational Inquiry, 15, 2017
  • “STEM faculty response to proposed workspace changes,” with E.D. Wilhoit, P. Gettings, P. Malik, P.M. Buzzanell and B. Ludwig, Journal of Organizational Change Management, 29(5), 2016

Outside the college

Outside of work, Lauren enjoys spending time with her Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever, Emily, quilting, reading and sailing. She is an accomplished pianist and a member of the Reformed Church of America.

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Dr. Lauren Hearit

Phone Number616.395.7268

VanZoeren Hall Room 171 41 Graves Place Holland, MI 49423
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