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I am a researcher, teacher, and consultant. By day, I am an associate professor, and I hold the 1855 Community and Urban Journalism Professorship in the College of Communication Arts and Sciences at Michigan State University. I prioritize community-engaged work, and consult for numerous media, advocacy, and non-profit news organizations interested in diversity and equity. I currently offer consulting services related to reparative narrative change and building trust messenger relationships. 

I have extensively published diagnostic and intervention-oriented work that primarily identifies news media representation issues and their effects on engagement, trust, and public opinion. My present and ongoing community-engaged research projects focus on fighting disinformation about Black communities with reparative interventions and solutions. You can check out my Midwestern-based project at

Some of my most recent awards and recognitions were the 2024 Early Career Scholar Award, an all-division competition for the International Communications Association, two public-engaged research awards from the American Political Science Association (2024) and the International Communication Association (2022), and the 2020 Junior Scholar of the Year Award by the Lillian Lodge Kopenhaver Center of the Advancement of Women in Communication. 


Prior to pursuing my research career, I worked as a photographer, designer, and writer in various journalism and public relations positions. I received my doctorate in Journalism from the University of Texas at Austin in August 2017. Before that, I worked as a public relations coordinator and recruiter for Baylor Law School while I pursued my master's degree in Journalism, New Media & Public Relations at Baylor. I also received my Bachelor's degree in Journalism & Public Relations from Baylor University.


Perhaps more importantly, I am the self-declared director of chaos for two extraordinary children who rollerskate, have hilarious business laughs, and will likely become the most beloved leaders of the Ramen noodle fan club.  I have convinced my terrier puppy that walking in the snow is overrated, making me the "okayest" dog mom, ever.  I plan to retire as soon as I learn to bake something that consistently tastes good, and then, I'll open a truffle/taco/tequila flight shop on the beach somewhere in the Caribbean. I also aspire to one day have a thumb so green that I finally stop having to replace the airplants I keep mysteriously killing. 

Danielle K. Brown in WKAR Studios at Michigan State University
Danielle K. Brown speaks at LIFT Symposium
Danielle K. Brown speaks at Sankofa Series in Minneapolis Minnesota
Danielle K. Brown


LIFT Project researchers: Denetra Walker, Erin Perry, Danielle Brown, Marisa Smith, Miya Fayne Williams, Christina Myers
Danielle Brown hosts LIFT symposium response panel with Libor Janey, Minister JaNaé Bataes, and Suzette Hackney
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