Owen Hanley Lynch, Ph.D.

Corporate Communication and Public Affairs

Associate Professor and Director of Honors Program and SMU-in-London Internships, Altshuler Distinguished Teaching Professor of Corporate Communication and Public Affairs





Owen Hanley Lynch is an associate professor in the Meadows School of the Arts at SMU. He is the director of the Organizational Communications track within the Division of Corporate Communication and Public Affairs (CCPA). He also works as the director of the CCPA honors program and the SMU-in-London Communication internship program. Outside of CCPA, he holds the positions of senior research fellow and director of community research and engagement for the Hunt Institute for Engineering & Humanity within the Lyle School of Engineering at SMU.

Lynch is active in Dallas in regard to healthy, fresh food access and food justice issues. He has served and is a member of several food security committees and city food interest groups. He also serves as the director of Get Healthy Dallas, a nonprofit organization he helped form that is dedicated to addressing the lack of healthy food options, adequate education and economic development opportunities in Dallas, with special focus on the South Dallas and the Fair Park area.


Ph.D. in Organizational Communication, Texas A&M University
M.A. in Organizational Communication, Texas A&M University
B.A. in Communication, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill

Recent Work


His research interests include how organizations and communities are (re)produced through everyday discourse and routines of its members. His research methods focus on qualitative methodology, specifically participatory action research methods and asset-based community development, which utilizes existing local assets to address current problems.

Dr. Lynch has mentored numerous undergraduate research projects. In the past five years, over 40 research papers have been competitively selected and presented at regional and national conferences by his students.

His own research has been published in competitive venues including Communication Theory, Management Communication Quarterly, Journal of Organizational Ethnography and Journal of Applied Communication Research. He is also a co-founder and organizer of the Texas Humor Research Conference.

Course list

CCPA 2327 Introduction to Communication Theory 
CCPA 3365 Organizational Communication
CCPA 4375  Honors Thesis in Communication
CCPA 5304 Advanced Organizational Communication 
CCPA 5302 Humor in Communication
CCPA 5304 Globalization, Communication & Economics
CCPA 5305 Applied Research in Organizations
CCPA 5306 Advanced Qualitative Research Methods
Owen Hanley Lynch, Ph.D.