Diane Grimes

Department of Communication and Rhetorical Studies

Associate Professor

Diane Grimes

101 Sims Hall
Syracuse, NY 13244-1230


A critical organizational communication scholar, Diane Grimes is interested in analyzing (textually and visually) issues of whiteness, “race,” and gender in relation to communication, representation, identity, change, and power in organizations and culture.

She has recently begun work in the area of contemplative communication. The common thread in her work is a consideration of how problematic assumptions get recreated in everyday life. She is an associate editor for the journal Gender, Work and Organization. She is an affiliated faculty member in composition and cultural rhetoric and women’s and gender studies. View a full list of Grimes’ published work, some of which is available for download, at syr.academia.edu/DianeGrimes. Diane Grimes’ Curriculum Vitae [PDF 221KB]


  • Ph.D., Purdue University


Contemplative communication, critical organizational communication, managing diversity, race and gender in communication

Courses Taught

  • CRS 181 Concepts and Perspectives in Communication Studies
  • CRS 336 Communication and Organizational Diversity
  • CRS 338 Communication in Organizations
  • CRS 347 Mindful Communication Skills
  • CRS 360 Mindful Communication Theory
  • CRS 360 Organizational Culture
  • CRS 400 Critical Organizational Communication
  • CRS 414/WSP 414 Communication and Gender
  • CRS 436 Critical Whiteness Studies

Selected Publications

  • Hunter, S., Swan, E., & Grimes, D. (2010). Reproducing and Resisting Whiteness in Organizations, Policies, and Places. Social Politics, 17 (4), 407-422.
  • Grimes, D. S. & Richard, O. C. (2003). Could Communication Perspective Impact Organizations’ Experience with Diversity? The Journal of Business Communication, 40, 7-27.
  • Grimes, D.S. & Parker, P.S. (2009). Imagining organizational communication as a decolonizing project: In conversation with Broadfoot, Munshi, Mumby and Stohl. Management Communication Quarterly, 22(3), 502-511.
  • Parker, P.S. & Grimes, D.S. (2009) ‘Race” and management discourse. In (F. Bargiela-Chiappini, Ed.). The handbook of business discourse (pp.292-304). Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.
  • Grimes, D. S. (2006). “Getting a bit of the Other”: Sexualized Stereotypes of Asian and Black Women in Planned Parenthood Advertising. In Reichert, T. & Lambaise, J. (Eds.) Sex in Consumer Culture: The Erotic Content of Media and Marketing (pp. 301-318). New York: Lawrence Erlbaum.
  • Grimes, D. S. (2002) “I Dream a World”: Re-imagining Change. The Journal of Critical Postmodern Organization Science 1 (4), 13-28.