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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; 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. 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 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 worked injournalism and nonprofit public relations. 

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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.


Danielle Brown, Ph.D. in WKAR Studios at Michigan State University


Major: Journalism, Public Relations & New Media

Minor: Sociology

Journalism, Public Relations & New Media

Industry Experience

Danielle has a decade of experience in creative and strategic communications for news organizations, as well as non-profit and corporate communications. During her time in industry, she specialized in visual communication (photography, web and print design, and magazine editing and production) and column writing.  She continues to write about her research, produce creative work, and provide commentary for various publications around the globe. 

Dani K Brown
Danielle Brown speaks at ISOJ Conference in Austin Texas


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


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

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