Dr. Wolfe's research is centrally concerned with understanding how we can disagree with each other without being violently disagreeable. In pursuit of this goal, she has investigated how individuals use language to form collective identities with and against others, how leaders use narratives to mobilize those collectivities for action, and how processes of dialogue and deliberation can build bridges between oppositional stakeholders to facilitate the achievement of deeper shared understandings and more democratic public decisions. Her work has been published in journals such as Journal of Communication, Management Communication Quarterly, and Journal of Applied Communication Research. Her co-authored book, Sex and Stigma: Stories of Everyday Life in Nevada's Legal Brothels received the 2019 Book of the Year Award from the Critical Cultural Studies Division of the National Communication Association; Outstanding Book Award from the Organization for the Study of Communication, Language, and Gender; and Honorable Mention for the Sarah A. Whaley Book Prize from the National Women's Studies Association. She is also a member of the planning team for the Aspen Conference, a community of engaged organizational communication scholars focused on developing practical theory and collaborative research that bridge academic-practitioner interests. Consistent with the commitments of engaged organizational communication research, much of Dr. Wolfe's current work is conducted in collaboration with community partners, especially local governments, to use communication theory in the service of addressing everyday problems of living in a pluralistic society.
- Ph.D. in Communication, Ohio University - (Athens, Ohio, United States) 2013
- M.A. in Communication, Ohio University - (Athens, Ohio, United States) 2010
- B.A. in Communication & Media Studies, Georgetown College - (Georgetown, Kentucky, United States) 2009
- Wolfe, A. W., Black, L. W., & Welser, H. T. (2020). Sense of Community and Migration Intentions among Rural Young Professionals. RURAL SOCIOLOGY. 85(1), 235-257.
- Wolfe, A. W. (2018). Dialogue and deliberation as agonistic resistance: Designing interactional processes to reconstitute collective identities. Journal of Public Deliberation. 14(2),
- Wolfe, A. W., Blithe, S. J., & Mohr, B. (2018). Dirty Workers’ Management of Hidden Emotions: Selling Intimacy and Seeking Social Support through the Shroud of Secrecy. Journal of Communication. 68(1), 194-217.
- Blithe, S. J., & Wolfe, A. W. (2017). Work–life management in legal prostitution: Stigma and lockdown in Nevada’s brothels. Human Relations. 70(6), 725-750.
- Wolfe, A. W., Black, L. W., Munz, S., & Okamoto, K. (2017). (Dis)Engagement and Everyday Democracy in Stigmatized Places: Addressing Brain Drain in the Rural United States. WESTERN JOURNAL OF COMMUNICATION. 81(2), 1-20.
- Blithe, S. J., & Wolfe, A. W. (2017). Expanding organizational research methods: Analyzing ruptures in qualitative research. Transformative Practice and Research in Organizational Communication. (pp. 168-183). IGI Global.
- Fyke, J., Faris, J., & Buzzanell, P. M. (2016). Stretching Boundaries: Cases in Organizational and Managerial Communication. Stretching Boundaries: Cases in Organizational and Managerial Communication. (pp. 219-224). Routledge.
- Wiederhold, A., & Gastil, J. (2013). Hearing all sides? Soliciting and managing different viewpoints in deliberation. The Australian Citizens' Parliament and the Future of Deliberative Democracy. (pp. 108-119).