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Danielle Kilgo

Researcher. Professor. Advocate.


Previously Publishing as Danielle K. Kilgo

CalResearcher media representation, identity and reparative solutions
Professor of journalism, teaching visual communication and social media research and skills courses.
Advocate for human rights.

Former journalist and public relations professional.


Danielle K. Brown, Ph.D. is the 1855 Community and Urban Journalism Professor and an associate professor at Michigan State University’s School of Journalism. Her interdisciplinary and community-engaged scholarship utilizes the cross-sections of journalism, political science, and sociology. She specializes in media representations and narrative change; reconciliation and reparative solutions; social movements and activism; and identity and political psychology. Brown has published dozens of articles in top-tier journals, and her work also appears in popular media outlets like the Washington Post, Nieman Lab, Columbia Journalism Review and The Conversation. Brown is an associate editor for the International Journal of Press/Politics. Much of her research and work has been supported by the more than $1 million in external funding she has secured from foundations and organizations like the James A and John S Knight Foundation, Global Impact, Robert Wood Johnson, and Color of Change. She has received multiple awards and recognitions for her research and service record as an early-career scholar and her pioneering public engagement work. Brown is an associate editor for the International Journal of Press/Politics, and serves on the editorial board for Journalism Practice. She previously served on the faculty at the University of Minnesota and Indiana University. Prior to joining the academy, she was a photojournalist, writer, and later a non-profit public relations professional. 



August 2013 - August 2017

Dissertation: Black, White, and Blue: Media and Audience Frames from Visual News Coverage of Police Use of Force and Unrest

Recognition: Association for the Education in Journalism and Mass Communication's Mass Communication and Society Top Dissertation Award.



August 2005 - December 2008

August 2011 - August 2013

Thesis: Interactive Documentaries and Audience Reception
Committee: Mia Moody-Ramirez (chair); Sara Stone; Corey Carbonara

Major: Journalism, Public Relations & New Media

Minor: Sociology



Diversity & Mass Communication (Graduate & Undergraduate), Content Analysis (Graduate), Visual Communication, Graphic Design Social Media Movements, Photography, Advanced Writing


Publications appear in the Journal of Communication, Political Communication, Journalism, Journalism Studies, Health Communication and more.

Dani K Brown

"Searcher, there is no road. We make the road by walking."

Antonio Machado


If you're interested in knowing more about any of my research projects and presentations, please send me an email at or connect with me on social media. I look forward to hearing from you.

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