Sarah E. Dempsey is a critical organizational communication scholar who thinks, writes, and teaches about work, labor, and the dynamics of communication and power. Her current research examines the values and practices animating the living wage movement and its impacts on the restaurant industry. Before becoming a professor, she worked as a: dishwasher, restaurant server, river boat ticket seller, salesperson, tractor driver, environmental educator, and web site developer. If she could be anything in the world, she’d be a detective.