Michelle Shumate

Michelle Shumate investigates the dynamics of interorganizational networks designed to impact large social issues, developing and testing theories to visualize, understand, and enable effective interorganizational networks in a variety of contexts including nongovernmental organization (NGO)-corporate partnerships, development and disease NGOs, expert-NGO partnerships in sustainable development, and interorganizational networks for healthy communities. She has published in a range of journals including Human Communication Research, Journal of Computer Mediated Communication, Management Communication Quarterly, and Journal of Communication. She was awarded a National Science Foundation CAREER award and a Beckman Fellowship at the Center for Advanced Study at the University of Illinois, where she was the director of the Interorganizational Networks research group.


PhD University of Southern California
MA Communication, University of Southern California
BA Communication, Pepperdine University

Recent Awards and Honors

Career Award, National Science Foundation, 2010-2015

Beckman Fellow, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Center for Advanced Study, 2007-2008

Michelle Shumate



Communication Studies


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