Dawnja Burris | The New School for Public Engagement
  • Faculty

    Dawnja Burris

    Assistant Professor

    PhD Candidate (ABD), Communication Philosophy, The European Graduate School; MA, Media Studies, The New School for Social Research; BA, Communication, The University of Texas at El Paso

    Burris, Dawnja

    Independent media researcher and producer since 1992, applying electronic media to marketing, documentary and performance art projects. Her research interests broadly explore cultural and social practice through their representation in media.  Her dissertation research and production concentrates on the representation of the non-human animal in media and the associated relationships humans imagine and embody through constructed mediations of the animal.  She is the former co-founder and faculty advisor for The Video Lab; former producer, United Nations University in New York Global Conversations series and former faculty and producer at New York University/NYU-TV.

    Courses Taught

    • Animal Images: Representation of Non-Human Life
    • Understanding Media Studies
    • Media Studies: Ideas
    • Introduction to Media Studies
    • Media Practices: Concepts
    • Media Practices: Time-Based
    • Integrated Production Intensive
    • Producing Documentaries in International Affairs
    • Thesis Tutorial WorkshopMedia Practices: Time-Based

    Recent Publications

    United Nations University “Global Conversations” video series

    Research Interests

    Media technology and production practices, animal representation and relationship, communication philosophies, cultural documentary

    Professional Affiliations

    International Society for Anthrozoology

    Animals & Society