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Danna Walker

Danna Walker

Danna L. Walker

Adjunct Associate Professor in Residence, Journalism
James B. Simpson Fellow

BA, Northeast Louisiana University
MA, Georgetown University
PhD, University of Maryland

Voice/text: 240-498-6193
Office: 202-885-2668

Professor Walker is a communication researcher and academic who takes a critical and historical approach in studying media and their influence, with an emphasis on gender studies and media. Walker has had numerous articles in academic publications, on Web sites and in the mainstream media. She has over 25 years of experience as a journalist working as a reporter, writer and editor in New York, Washington, DC, and other cities for an international wire service and for CBS News. As a journalist, she has covered the U.S. Congress and other government agencies. Her award-winning doctoral dissertation was on journalism history, specifically on women in journalism and the dissident feminist press.

Research Interests

Her current research uncovers the pivotal role women have taken in the beginnings of the technological revolution in the news media as well as the evolution of pedagogy in journalism education. She has also researched the coverage of women-centered events by the news media, as well as the application of feminist theories in communication. New areas of research include the effects of digital media on youth and society, and feminist pedagogy.

Special Projects

  • Producing American Forum, the School of Communication’s regular public affairs broadcast, and the American Forum Podcast @ iTunes U. Previously

Selected Publications 

  • Walker, Danna; Barnett, Barbara; Geertsema, Margaretha, “Inverting the Inverted Pyramid: Are Feminism and Journalism Compatible in the College Classroom? A Series of Essays,” Feminist Teacher. (Accepted for publication.)
  • Walker, Danna, Encyclopedia of Celebrity Culture, by Sam Riley, two entries, accepted for publication.
  • Walker, Danna (2008) Journalism History Book Review, People’s Movement, People’s Press, in press.
  • Walker, Danna (2007) Book Review, Journalism: Theory, Practice and Criticism, Fall 2007 (in press).
  • Walker, Danna (2007) They Had a Satellite and They Knew How to Use It: How Donna Allen Led Women to the Forefront of the Technological Revolution in Communication, Spring 2007, Vol. 24, No. 2, American Journalism
  • Byerly, Carolyn M. and Walker, Danna L. (2007) “An Invisible Celebration of International Women’s Day in U.S. Media,” Sciences de la Société (journal published in France), special issue on International Women’s Day news, No. 70, 2007, pp. 165-178.
  • Walker, Danna (2006). “How I became controversial at AJHA,” American Journalism Historians Association Intelligencer, Winter, Vol. 23, No. 2 (reprint)

Honors, Awards, and Fellowships

  • James B. Simpson fellowship – American University, Sept. 2006 - present
  • Distance Education teaching grant, American University, Awarded January 2006.
  • Teaching fellow, Indiana University Teaching Fellows Workshop, June 2005
  • American Journalism Historians Association Margaret A. Blanchard Dissertation Prize, honorable mention, October 2004.
  • AEJMC Commission on the Status of Women Mary Gardner Research Award. 8/2001.
  • Prof. Thomas J. Aylward Journalism Scholarship, University of Maryland. 11/99.

Grants and Sponsored Research

  • Research grant: James R. Dougherty, Jr., Foundation

Professional Presentations

  • Panelist, Women and Technology: From Satellites to the Second Self, Panel Politics & Gender in the Age of Interactive Mass Media, International Communication Association, Montreal, Canada, Sunday, May 25, 2008
  • Moderator, Female Identities, Online and Offline, Friday, Aug. 8, 2008, Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, Aug. 8, 2008, Chicago.  
  • Panelist, Women’s Voices in Political Commentary: Traditional Media Spaces and Cyberspace, Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, Aug. 5-8, 2008, Chicago
  •  Panelist, Tribute to Blum Award Winner, Maurine Beasley, Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, Aug. 5-8, 2008, Chicago  
  • Panelist, George Washington Law School Feminist Forum, Topic: Sexism in the Media, March 26, 2008, GW University  
  • Keynote speaker, U.S. State Department International Visitor Program, Women as Leaders—Africa, Monday, Sept. 10, 2007.
  • Featured Commission on the Status of Women Panel: Inverting the Inverted Pyramid – Feminist Pedagogy in Journalism Education; Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, Washington, D.C., Aug. 10, 2007.
  • International Visitor Leadership Program, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, U.S. State Department; featured speaker, Women as Business and Economic Leaders, Aug. 3, 2007.
  • American Society for Public Administration Conference: Public Administration and the Fourth Estate: Should Civil Servants Talk to Journalists?; invited panelist, Washington, D.C., April 2007.
  • Ignoring International Women’s Day 2005: A Qualitative Analysis of U.S. News Coverage; co-authored with Dr. Carolyn Byerly. Presented at the Feminist Scholarship Division, International Communication Association; Dresden, Germany, June 20, 2006 
  • They Had a Satellite and They Knew How to Use It: How Women Harnessed the Skies to Communicate Without The Media Presented to the History Division poster session of the national convention of the Association of Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, Kansas City, August 2003.