Public Engagement

  • Faculty

    Dawnja Burris

    Assistant Professor of Media Studies

    Office Location:

    79 Fifth Avenue


    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 research 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.

    Recent Publications:

    United Nations University “Global Conversations” video series

    Research Interests:

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


    Current Courses:

    Media Ethics

    Media Theory

    Animals as Media

    Independent Study

    Independent Production