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  • Dawnja Burris

    Associate Dean and Assistant Professor of Media Studies


    Office Location
    D - 79 Fifth Avenue

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    Dawnja Burris


    Her research, teaching and creative production have consistently explored cultural practice as expressed through media representation, focused upon philosophies and politics of virtual identity construction and the predominance of animals in and as media.  Her academic degrees and ongoing academic study are in communication/advertising, media studies/media philosophy, photography and related media.  Her professional training is in photography, video, film and multimedia production.  She has worked creatively and professionally with these media formats in the roles of producer, director and editor for many years.  Recently, she has dedicated her praxis to producing conceptual photography and video.

    Degrees Held

    M.F.A. Photography and Related Media Parsons School of Design  

    Ph.D. (ABD) – Division of Art, Philosophy and Critical Thought European Graduate School – expected 2020 Dissertation in process: Animal Instances: Relating with the Animal Image

    M.A. Media Studies The New School for Social Research Thesis: The Virtual Family: Adolescent Girls’ Relationships with Television Characters

    B.A. Communication/Advertising The University of Texas at El Paso  

    Professional Affiliation

    Animals & Society; College Art Association

    Recent Publications

    Photograph triptych from the series Chaco Reimagined: Chaco Culture National Historical Park visitor center, (forthcoming), 2019.

    Essay and photograph from the series EncounterPSD Promotional Feature, 2019.

    Essay and photographic selections from the series Look Alive!: Imprint: PSD Promotional Feature, 2018.

    Photograph from the series Encounter: Group Exhibition, In Relation, Photoville, Brooklyn Bridge Park, 2018

    Photograph from the series Animals Inhabit Fashion Ads: Group Exhibition, Aparatus of Discomfort, Photoville, Brooklyn Bridge Park, 2017

    Performances and Appearances

    Artist residency and talks on the photographic series Chaco Reimagined: Chaco Culture National Historical Park, 2019.

    Research Interests

    Media technology and production practices, animal representation in media, communication philosophies, cultural documentary, media ethics, conceptual photography and video.



    Personal Website

    Student Work: Animal Instances Journal

    Current Courses

    Admin Assoc Asst Dean (Spring 2020)

    Animals as Media (Spring 2020)

    Independent Production

    Independent Study (Spring 2020)

    Media Ethics

    Media Ethics (Spring 2020)

    Media Theory

    Projects: Visual Storytelling

    Social Media Mashup

    Thesis Supervision (Spring 2020)

    Thesis Tutorial (Spring 2020)

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