Nicolas Bencherki

Nicolas BencherkiPh.D., Université de Montréal and Sciences Po Paris
Assistant Professor 
BA/MA Program Coordinator

Teaching and Research Areas: Organizational Communication, Language and Social Interaction, Theory and Philosophy of Communication, Qualitative Methods
Office: SS 337
Phone: (518) 442-4874
Fax: (518) 442-3884

Curriculum Vitae (pdf)

Research Interests

I am concerned with the way organizations are constituted in interaction and how, in the same process, they also gain their ability to act. This is a theoretical question but also a practical one: it is through empirical observation that the constitution and agency of organizations may be grasped. Concretely looking at the sites where these phenomena take place reveals, among other things, the important role played by artifacts and, more broadly, materiality. My main research setting is that of non-profit organizations. Community groups, associations and other charities are faced with the issue of action in a particular way, given their reliance on volunteer work and complex networks of partnerships.

Research topics of interest include:
• The relationship between members and the organization
• Ethics and the source of “good” action
• Collective action and partnerships
• Possession, property and ownership as communicatively performed
• The role of objects, technology and buildings in interaction