Lauren Hearit

Assistant Professor of Communication
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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. She teaches classes in quantitative research methods, strategic communication, crisis communication and organizational communication.

Areas of Expertise

  • Organizational communication
  • Economic communication
  • Strategic communication


  • Ph.D., organizational communication, Purdue University, December 2017
  • 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 


  • “Communication as an economic tool and constitutive force: Chairman Greenspan’s talk about uncertainties in future U.S. conditions,” with R.M. Buzzanell, in Exploring the C-SPAN Archives: Advancing the research agenda (3rd ed.), R.X. Browning, (ed.), Purdue University Press, in press
  • “Women on Wall Street,” in Handbook of Financial Communication and Investor Relations, A.V. Laskin (ed.), Wiley, 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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Lauren Hearit

Phone Number616.395.7595

Martha Miller Center 257 Columbia Avenue Holland, MI 49423
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