Joanne Esch
PhD Student

Office: Hellems 10

Office Hours: Mon 4-5 p.m., Wed 6:15-7:15 p.m. 

Joanne Esch is a Ph.D. candidate who specializes in organizational communication and communication practices of law and policy, with a focus on systemic change, organizational culture, evidence-based practice, and implementation science. Her research is guided by an interest in fostering diversity and inclusion in organizations, as well as cultivating communication practices that support a just, equitable, and effective administration of public services.  Her most recent research examines implementation processes through the lens of organizational formulations such as culture, control, governance, and identity. Specifically, she has been investigating implementation of restorative justice practices in various organizational contexts (e.g., law enforcement, judicial, and schools). Esch serves as a graduate research associate at the National Center for Women and Information Technology (, and also provides training and consulting in restorative justice practices.