Marcia A. DawkinsSenior Research Scientist, Americas


    Dr. Marcia Alesan Dawkins is a leading expert in equity and strategic communication. She has published research on how social identity, technology, and creative culture are changing who we are and how we work in outlets such as the International Journal of Communication.  Her first book, Clearly Invisible, was nominated for the Grawemeyer Award. Her research has been recognized by the Social Science Research Council, the National Communication Association, the Eastern Communication Association, and the NAACP. Her perspectives have been featured in media outlets such as BBC World, NPR, AOL Originals, ABC News, HuffPo Live, and a number of podcasts. Prior to joining CCL, Marcia was a professor of Communication, corporate educator, and columnist.

    Current Role

    Marcia currently serves CCL in translating research to all audiences through media, infusing equity-diversity-inclusion into research strategy, and leading projects that find new connections and synergies between ideas and data-driven solutions.

    Educational Background

    M.A. and Ph.D. in Communication from the University of Southern California
    M.A. in Humanities and Social Thought from New York University
    B.A. in Communication from Villanova University

    Professional Affiliations

    National Communication Association
    International Communication Association

    Curriculum Vitae

    Select External Publications

    • Passing at the Intersections
    • Mixed Race 3.0: Risk & Reward in the Digital Age
    • Ethics, Wearable Technology and Higher Education: Toward a New Point-of-View Angle on Interactive Instruction
    • Eminem: The Real Slim Shady
    • Clearly Invisible: Racial Passing and the Color of Cultural Identity

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    Areas of Expertise

    Identity Development, Communication, Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, Qualitative research, Higher Education

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