Claudia Janssen Danyi

Claudia Janssen Danyi
Eastern Illinois University · Department of Communication Studies

Doctor of Philosophy


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August 2006 - December 2011
Purdue University
Field of study
  • Communication Studies - Public Relations/Organizational Rhetoric


Publications (8)
Full text: This article introduces corporate historical responsibility (CHR), a concept that can guide organizations when addressing dark corporate histories. CHR holds that organizations have responsibilities toward victims of past corporate practices and toward present reconciliatory discourse. Volkswa...
Full text: Pressured by activists to take responsibility, American corporations recently found themselves in the spotlight for their past ties to slavery. Responding to the issue, they stepped into a complex discourse of reconciliation. Taking a rhetorical approach, this article analyzes the response of Ae...
Purpose – Rising public scrutiny has? brought new demands for science communication. Especially, incidents of falsification, fabrication, and plagiarism have recently come to question academic integrity and legitimacy in Germany. Focussing on a prominent plagiarism case that revolved around the former Minister of Science and Education’s dissertatio...
Full text (OnlineFirst): The #MeToo movement has put a spotlight on sexual abuse in a wide range of industries and organizations, including the aid sector. In February 2018, Oxfam GB faced a severe organizational crisis after news reports alleged a cover-up of sexual abuse...
Full text (OnlineFirst) Social media channels provide intriguing opportunities for NGOs to communicate with their audiences, raise awareness, and campaign for change. Maintaining strong social media communication that supports the organization’s ability to achieve its goals...
After video footage of a U.S. attack on civilians in Iraq had surfaced, two American soldiers publicly apologized. This chapter theorizes public apologies from members of one group to another in the absence of official apologies from representatives of their states. It proposes that this apology served as a rhetorical mode of resistance to official...
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Request full text by pm or here: This article contributes to research methodology in crisis communication. It explores the potentialities, values, and limitations of the comparative method of most-different and most-similar systems for crisis communication research by reviewing its development and appli...
Full text: In this article, we define and theorize the " transcendent persona," a discursive strategy in which a rhetor draws from a boundary-breaking accomplishment and utilizes the symbolic capital of that feat to persuasively delineate unconventional ways of communicating and behaving in society. Aviato...


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Project (1)
This project has developed a theory of corporate historical responsibility that can guide corporations who (want to) address a dark corporate history in the present and future. It is grounded in theories of legitimacy, public memory and reconciliation. While issues evolving around dark corporate histories are often addressed from the vantage point of crisis communication and corporate apologia, CHR situates them within the scope of corporate social responsibility.