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Biography

Sandra Boone (she/her) is a public relations/strategic communication professional turned scholar with 15 years of experience working in higher education, nonprofit, and political settings. At the University of Oregon, Sandra's research examines equity and power concerns for public relations/strategic communications professionals with a focus on the intersection of language, power, and identity.

Sandra passionately believes all professional communicators must understand the power and responsibility that comes with being storytellers and gatekeepers of information. Due to this, her research bridges functionalist and critical/socio-cultural public relations scholarship, and she places an emphasis on application, action, and change. Sandra previously earned a Strategic Communication MA at the University of Minnesota with a minor in Literacy & Rhetorical Studies. Her final Capstone research examined the communications practices of anti-trafficking organizations as an avenue to discuss the need of ethical/equitable storytelling practices.

Prior to enrolling at the University of Oregon, Sandra worked at the University of Minnesota where she managed communications for International Student and Scholar Services, the Immigration Response Team, and Housing & Residential Life. In addition to meeting with students in her classes and/or discussing her research, Sandra is happy to talk to undergraduate/graduate students interested in being a professional communicator or scholars wanting insight on the potential application of their work.