Jenna N. Hanchey

Jenna N. Hanchey, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor; Graduate Studies Director
Jenna Hanchey


Jenna N. Hanchey is an assistant professor of communication studies. Her work is anti-colonial, situated at the intersections of rhetorics of international aid and assistance, nonprofit organizing and poststructural theories. She currently finds herself drawn to questions regarding fieldwork, reflexivity and embodiment.

Her research analyzes Western rhetorics of international aid and assistance, particularly focusing on organizations that work in and with Sub-Saharan Africa. Integrating fieldwork, media studies and textual analysis, she examines how aid projects are conceptualized, negotiated and enacted through relations between Western aid workers and local communities in order to work toward decolonizing aid. She aims to interrogate the theoretical assumptions underlying international aid in order to decolonize aid practices and attune them to community desires.

She is currently working on a book project examining the politics of relations between managers, volunteers, staff, community members and donors at a Western-run non-governmental organization (NGO) in Tanzania.

Research interests

  • Rhetoric
  • Organizational communication
  • Postcolonial, decolonial and Africanist theories
  • Theories of subjectivity
  • Field methods
  • Aid and nonprofit organizations
  • Sub-Saharan Africa

Courses taught

  • COM 407: Gender and Communication
  • COM 422/622: Difference and Communication
  • COM 760: Communication Theory


  • Jenna N. Hanchey, "Reworking Resistance: A Postcolonial Perspective on International NGOs," in Transformative Practices and Research in Organizational Communication, eds. Philip Salem and Erik Timmerman (Hershey, PA: IGI Global, 2017), 274-291.
  • Jenna N. Hanchey, "Agency Beyond Agents: Aid Campaigns in Sub-Saharan Africa and Collective Representations of Agency," Communication, Culture & Critique 9, no. 1 (2016): 11-29.
  • Jenna N. Hanchey and Brenda L. Berkelaar, "Context Matters: Examining Discourses of Career Success in Tanzania," Management Communication Quarterly 29, no. 3 (2015): 411-439.
  • Jenna N. Hanchey, "Constructing ‘American Exceptionalism': Peace Corps Volunteer Discourses of Race, Gender, and Empowerment," in Volunteering and Communication Volume II: Studies in International and Intercultural Contexts, eds. Michael W. Kramer, Laurie K. Lewis, and Loril M. Gossett (New York, NY: Peter Lang, 2015), 233-250.
  • Jenna N. Hanchey, "Exceptional Opportunities: Hierarchies of Race and Nation in the U.S. Peace Corps Recruitment Materials," in The Routledge Companion to Critical Management Studies, eds. Anshuman Prasad, Pushkala Prasad, Albert J. Mills, and Jean Helms-Mills (New York, NY: Routledge, 2015), 384-397.
  • Kate Lockwood Harris and Jenna N. Hanchey, "(De)stabilizing Sexual Violence Discourse: Masculinization of Victimhood, Organizational Blame, and Labile Imperialism," Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies 11, no. 4 (2014): 322-341.


  • Ph.D., Communication Studies, University of Texas at Austin, 2017
  • M.A., Communication, University of Colorado Boulder, 2012
  • B.S., Physics/Mathematics Education, Taylor University, 2007