Dominique Harrison is a Project Director at the Aspen Institute in the Aspen Digital Program where she helps promote values-based decision making in communications policy and empowers organizations and the public to be responsible stewards of technology and digital media. She leads a new effort in the Program, the Tech & Talent Project, that seeks to promote greater equity in the technology workforce to encourage companies to be more inclusive of women and communities of color.
Dr. Harrison oversees the Aspen Institute Firestone Fellowship (previously Aspen Guest Scholarship) – an initiative meant to give students of color the opportunity to foster their professional and academic career in the field of artificial intelligence and communications policy. For several years, Dr. Harrison managed the Conference on Communications Policy.
Prior to joining the Aspen Institute, Dr. Harrison 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. Dr. Harrison is also an International Career Advancement Program (ICAP) fellow.
She 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 Communications 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 Dr. Harrison 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.