Danielle Kilgo

Researcher. Professor. Advocate.


Previously Publishing as Danielle K. Kilgo

CalResearcher of marginalized communities, media portrayals, and behavioral effects.
Professor of journalism, teaching visual communication and social media research and skills courses.
Former photographer, graphic designer, and writer.
Advocate for human rights.


Danielle (Kilgo) Brown is the John & Elizabeth Bates Cowles Professor of Journalism, Diversity and Equality in the Hubbard School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. She is an award-winning, political communication researcher with interests in the intersections of news media representation, underserved and historically excluded communities, and social justice efforts. Her work is published in top-peer reviewed journals in mass communication, sociology, and political science academic journals, as well many popular media outlets like Salon, Yahoo News, and The Conversation. Her dozens of publications appear in journals such as the Journal of Communication, International Journal of Press/Politics, Journalism, Journalism Studies, Journalism Practice, Digital Journalism, Mass Communication & Society, Health Communication, and The International Journal of Communication. She has presented her work at AEJMC, ICA, NCA, SSCA, ISOJ, WAPOR and UCDA, where she has received numerous research and creative production awards. In 2020, she received the Lillian Lodge Kopenhaver Outstanding Junior Scholar Award. She also received prestigious recognition from Mass Communication and Society Division of AEJMC for her dissertation and was named an emerging scholar for AEJMC in 2018. Dani serves on the editorial board for Digital Journalism and Journalism Practice. She currently teaches about race and gender diversity & mass communication. She previously served on the faculty at Indiana University & the University of Mary Hardin Baylor. Prior to joining the academy, Dani 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
Committee: Renita Coleman (chair), Thomas J. Johnson,
Robert Jensen, Mary Bock, and Keisha Bentley-Edwards

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



August 2011 - August 2013

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

August 2005 - December 2008

Major: Journalism, Public Relations & New Media

Minor: Sociology


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



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

"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 danielle.brown.phd@gmail.com or fill out the form below. I look forward to hearing from you and will get back to you within 24 hours. 

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