Eric Karikari, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

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Contact Info

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Ph.D., University of New Mexico

Areas of Expertise

Organizational Communication
Critical/Cultural Studies
Leadership Communication
Political Economy
Qualitative Research Methods


Dr. Karikari received his Ph.D. in Communication Studies from the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque in 2018. Prior to that he obtained an MA in Communication Studies from Minnesota State University, Mankato in 2013. His research draws from scholarship in organizational communication and critical/cultural studies where, for instance, he examines the dialectics of individual agency and organizational constraints. Particularly, he is interested in how globalized media discourses impact organizational reality. He also takes a critical approach to the study of race/ethnicity and globalization in organizations and aims to bring the experiences of traditionally marginalized minority groups to the center of conversations about organizational leadership and decision-making processes. Dr. Karikari was chosen as the 2017 Guest Scholar for the Aspen Institute’s Conference on Communications Policy. He has also authored/co-authored several journal articles and book chapters. In his spare time, he likes to watch or play soccer. He also spends a considerable amount of time watching TV dramas.

Courses Taught

COMM 419: Organizational Communication

COMM 300: Research Methods

COMM 315: Business and Professional Communication 

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Karikari, E. & Brown, C.B. (2018). Sensemaking in turbulent contexts: African student leadership in a postcolonial context. Communication Studies, 69(4), 439-452.

Sayyed, F.A.S., Faizullah, J., & Karikari, E. (2017). Using technical writing strategies to create Islamic Pakistani subjects: A case study of textbooks in Pakistan. Connexions: International Professional Communication Journal, 5(2), 1-28.

Briziarelli, M. & Karikari, E. (2016). Mediating social media’s ambivalences in the context of informational capitalism. International Journal of Civic Engagement and Social Change, (3)1, 1-22.

Book Chapters

Karikari, E. (2022). Capital, the state and the digital divide: A critical reflection on social media censorship in Ghana. In F. A. Kperogi (Ed.). Digital dissidence and social media censorship in Africa (pp. 58-75). Routledge.

Briziarelli, M. & Karikari, E. (2016). Antonio Gramsci and communication. The Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Communication.

Guest Blog

Karikari, E. (2017, September 28). Equity versus equality: Why communications policy is crucial to social justice. Retrieved from