Danielle K. Brown

Danielle Brown

1855 Community & Urban Journalism Professorship, Associate Professor

  • Journalism


Danielle Brown, Ph.D. is the 1855 Community and Urban Journalism Professor and an associate professor in the School of Journalism. She is also the founding director of the LIFT Project -- an engaged research effort aimed at identifying networks of trusted messengers in Black communities in the Midwest to 1) understand their effects on civic and democratic life; 2) create, network, and allocate resources needed to inform Black communities better; and 3) build new opportunities for sustainable reparative narrative change.

Dr. Brown's interdisciplinary and community-engaged scholarship utilizes the cross-sections of journalism, political science, and sociology. She specializes in analyses of media representations and narrative change, social movements and activism, and identity and political psychology. Dr. 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.  Much of her research and work has been supported with the more than $1.5 million in external funding she has secured from foundations and non-profit 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. Dr. 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. Her full curriculum vitae is available here. 


Founding Director of the LIFT Project

1855 Professor of Community and Urban Journalism

Faculty Advisor, March for Our Lives MSU Chapter

Innovation Advisor, Pop Up Docs


Research and Teaching

narrative change; race, identity and media; visual journalism; political communication; technology and policy


Selected Publications

Brown, D. K. (2024). What January 6 was Not. In Kriess et al. (eds), Media and January 6. Oxford University Press.

Brown, D. K., Williams Fayne, M., Henderson, J., Snow, J. C., Harisiadis, C., Gunapalan, T., & DeFoster, C. (2023). Lifted Voices: Local News Coverage After the Racial Reckoning, Minnesota News Media Report. www.LIFTproj.com.

Brown, D. K., Snow, J. C., Walker, D., Henderson, J., Williams Fayne, M., Myers, C. L., & Smith, M. A. (2023). Lifted Voices: Perspectives of Residents and Leaders, Minnesota Survey Report. www.LIFTproj.com

Brown, D. K. & Searles, K. (2023). “New” Methods, “New” Challenges. Political Communication Forum. http://dx.doi.org/10.17169/refubium-39043.

Grabe, E. M., Brown, D.K. et al. (2023). The social contagion potential of pro-vaccine messages on Black Twitter. Health Communication.

Brown, D. K. & Mourão, R. R. (2022). No Reckoning for the Right: How Political Ideology, Protest Intolerance and Media Consumption Affect Support for Black Lives Matter Protests. Political Communication.  doi.org/10.1080/10584609.2022.2121346

Brown, D. K. (2022). Media models for nonviolence: Instagram representations of the #WomensMarch mass mobilization news and audience engagement. International Journal of Communication, 16, 1669-1687.

Brown, D. K., & Midberry, J. (2022). Social media news production, emotional Facebook reactions, and the politicization of drug addiction. Health Communication, 37(3), 375-383. doi: 10.1080/10410236.2020.1846265

Contact Information

Email: dkbrown@msu.edu