Dominique Harrison is a Project Director at the Aspen Institute in the Communications and Society Program where she helps promote integrated, thoughtful, values-based decision making in the fields of communications, media and information policy. She leads a new effort in the Program, the Diversity and Technology Action (DATA) Initiative, that seeks to develop equitable solutions for a more inclusive digital space to address barriers of inequity for communities of color.
Dominique also manages the Conference on Communications Policy, the Roundtable on Spectrum Policy (AIRS), the Aspen Institute Symposium on the State of Race in America and she oversees the Aspen Institute Communications and Society Guest Scholar Program – a scholarship initiative meant to give students of color the opportunity to foster their professional and academic career in the field of media and technology policy. Additionally, she has worked on the Dialogue on Public Libraries project.
Prior to joining the Aspen Institute, Dominique worked as a communications fellow at the United Nations Development Program Washington, D.C. office and as a monitoring and evaluation consultant at Internews, where she assisted in the development of a published report on women-focused media development.
Her academic appointments include faculty and instructor positions at Howard University, the University of Texas at Austin and Trinity Washington University. Dominique is also a International Career Advancement Program (ICAP) fellow.
Dominique holds a B.S. in Advertising from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, a M.A. in Media Studies from the University of Texas at Austin and a Ph.D. in Communication Technology Policy from Howard University. Her dissertation examines gender awareness among stakeholders of Jamaica’s information and communication technology (ICT) policy.
Through research, writing and advocacy Dominique seeks to create policies, programs and initiatives that provide a more inclusive, equitable, tech-just society. She is especially interested in removing barriers to opportunities in education and employment, and developing solutions in the tech ecosystem that address inequality.