Graduate Student

Margot Plunkett’s research examines toxic work environments, emotions in the workplace, and the anticipatory socialization and assimilation process. Her studies aim to pinpoint moments of incivility in the workplace and how to combat these occurrences.


Margot Plunkett is a M.A./Ph.D. student in the Department of Communication at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She received Communication and English (Literature) degrees from Barrett, the Honors College at Arizona State University. Margot examines toxic workplaces to unearth the rationale behind bullying, aiming to facilitate new ways individuals can combat unhealthy behaviors. Margot's research interests centralize the anticipatory socialization and assimilation process, emotions in the workplace, humanistic management, and workplace bullying. Qualitative research is her preferred method for its ability to draw out in-depth, first-hand accounts of participants' experiences. Margot is a research affiliate for the International Humanistic Management Affiliation. Her work has appeared in the Humanistic Management Journal. Ultimately, Margot's scholarly pursuits seek to engender healthier organizational cultures and encourage dialogue that is honest, antitoxic, and geared towards rejecting incivility in organizations.


B.A. (2022), Arizona State University, Communication

B.A. (2022), Arizona State University, English (Literature)