Leila Bighash

About Leila Bighash

Leila Bighash is an Assistant Professor of Communication. Her research program focuses on organizational processes in networks where information asymmetries are salient, often in online environments. In particular, she is interested in knowledge-sharing, expertise, visibility, and signaling. She examines a variety of contexts, including traditional organizations and social media / online communities.

Her scholarly work can be found in journals including Communication Theory, the International Journal of Communication, Corporate Communications, and the Journal of Information Technology & Politics. Please see her Google Scholar page for updated information on publications. Leila received her Ph.D. in Communication from the University of Southern California.

Research Interests

Organizational Communication, Collective Action, Knowledge-Sharing and Expertise, Communication Technologies, Social Networks

Selected Publications

New Publication

Gillig, T., & Bighash, L. (2019). Gendered Spaces, Gendered Friendship Networks? Exploring the Organizing Patterns of LGBTQ Youth. International Journal of Communication, 13, 22. https://ijoc.org/index.php/ijoc/article/view/11443

Hagen, C., Bighash, L., Hollingshead, A., Shaikh, S., Alexander, K. (2018). Why are you watching? Video surveillance in organizations. Corporate Communications: An International Journal, 23(2), 274-291. doi: 10.1108/CCIJ-04-2017-0043

Bighash, L., Oh, P., Fulk, J., & Monge, P. (2018). The value of questions in organizing: Reconceptualizing contributions to online public information goods. Communication Theory, 28(1), 1-21. doi: 10.1111/comt.12123

Ananny, M. & Bighash, L. (2016). Why drop a paywall? Mapping industry accounts of online news decommodification. International Journal of Communication, 10, 3359–3380. doi:1932–8036/20160005

Edgerly, S., Thorson, K., Bighash, L., & Hannah, M. (2016). Posting about politics: Media as resources for political expression on Facebook. Journal of Information Technology & Politics, 13(2), 108-125. doi:10.1080/19331681.2016.1160267


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Contact Information

Leila Bighash
Assistant Professor
Telephone: (520) 621-3562
Office: Communication 205
Office Hours: Spring 2022 | M/W 11am to 12pm via Zoom


Ph.D. in Communication, University of Southern California

Courses Taught

Communication 312: Applied Organizational Communication

Communication 311: Communication Technology Theory

Catalog Courses by Faculty

College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

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