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Debra Jenson

Debra Jenson

Educational Background:

  • PhD - University of Utah - 2014
  • MS - Utah State University - 2005
  • BS - Weber State University - 2003

Contact Information

Go to Office LocationOffice Location: AGRS 316

CallPhone: 435-797-7379
Send an EmailEmail: debra.jenson@usu.edu

Debra Jenson is an assistant professor of Journalism and Communication at Utah State University. She has a PhD in Communication from the University of Utah and a BS in Political Science from Weber State University. Her work focuses on narratives of social justice in public policy and representation in popular culture. 

 

Debra teaches public relations courses, including PR Writing, Research Methods, Media & Politics, and Social Media. 

 

 Dr. Jenson has worked professionally with Special Olympics Utah and other organizations, advocating with people with disabilities. Her work also includes narratives around religious feminism and the American environmental movement.

 

She is a regular contributor on ComicCon panels discussing diversity and the media we consume. In October, Dr. Jenson was a speaker at TEDx at Utah State University. She is also a member of the executive board of Ordain Women, working to bring gender equality in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

 

Debra spends her spare time biking, swimming and running, cheering for her three kids at soccer games, and leading a Girl Scout troop in Ogden.

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Strategic communication, research methods, political communication, social movements and policy change.

Social movements and policy change. Understanding how organizations ad coalitions communicate with publics to mobilize for impact.
  • Service Award - April 15,2014
  • Outstanding Teaching Award - May 1,2011
  • Top 5 Paper Award - November 1,2009
  • Journal Article, Academic Journal - The Campaign against Echo Park Dam and collective action fram theory: A historical analysis.
  • Book, Chapter in Non-Scholarly Book - From the Kotel to the Square: The Rhetoric of Religious Feminism - Voices for Equality: Ordain Women and Resurgent Mormon Feminism - 2015.

  • College of Humanities and Social Sciences Travel Award - $1000 - 2015-02-28.