Donna Henson

Associate Prof

  • Bond University, Faculty of Society and Design

    4229 Gold Coast


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Personal profile

Research interests

My research interests centre on communication with a focus on auto ethnography, narrative, and close relationships. Additional interests include meaning-making, rumination, gender communication and emotion. My current work tends to employ auto ethnographic methods, and reflects a general interest in narrative writing and storytelling as methods of inquiry.

Trained in quantitative and qualitative methods, my work is both interdisciplinary and methodologically diverse. My generalist communication background has also enabled collaboration with colleagues across a range of disciplinary areas.

Notably, I've collaborated on projects examining the communicative dimensions of such varied topics as post-traumatic growth, place-making, and national broadcasting funding systems.

Irrespective of topic, I maintain an interest in and enthusiasm for understanding lived communicative experience.

Statement for HDR students

I would welcome supervisory interest from Higher Degree Research students in my current areas of focus, specifically auto ethnography, narrative, and relational communication.

I would also consider research proposals from students with more general interests in areas of communication such as gender communication, emotion, or aspects of interpersonal or relational communication.

Over the past ten years, I've supervised and examined both Masters and Doctoral students in Australia and New Zealand.

Education/Academic qualification

Communication, PhD, Arizona State University


Communication, Bachelor of International Communication (Honours), UNITEC Institute of Technology


External positions

Senior Lecturer, UNITEC Institute of Technology

Nov 20072010

Programme Director, Postgraduate Programmes, Department of Communication Studies, UNITEC Institute of Technology

Feb 20072010

Lecturer, UNITEC Institute of Technology

Nov 2003Nov 2007

Graduate Teaching Associate, Arizona State University

Dec 20002003

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narrative Social Sciences
New Zealand Social Sciences
local communication Social Sciences
Communication Medicine & Life Sciences
everyday communication Social Sciences
crisis communication Social Sciences
broadcasting Social Sciences
Social Media Medicine & Life Sciences

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Research Output 2004 2018

Autoethnography: Raising our voices against racism, hatred, violence, and oppression in these troubled times

Poulos, C. N., Denzin, N. K., Pelias, R. J., Alexander, B. K., Tillmann, L., Moreira, C., Lockford, L., Henson, D. F., Herrmann, A., Kumar, H. S., Robin, B. & Elissa, F., 18 May 2018, (Accepted/In press).

Research output: Contribution to conferencePresentationResearch

List Yourself: An Autoethnography of Intercultural Identity

Henson, D. F., 25 Jan 2018, (Submitted) Intercultural Mirrors: Dynamic Reconstruction of Identity. Patron, M-C. & Kraven, J. (eds.). Leiden: Brill, p. 200-211 12 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterResearchpeer-review

Meaning Making

An unauthorized autoethnography of the academic life of Dr X

Henson, D. F., 1 Aug 2017, In : Cultural Studies - Critical Methodologies. 17, 4, p. 316-319 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

interactive media
1 Citation (Scopus)

Fragments and fictions: An autoethnography of past and possibility

Henson, D. F., Mar 2017, In : Qualitative Inquiry. 23, 3, p. 222-224 3 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Activities 2010 2016

  • 1 Thesis Examination
  • 1 Internal memberships, committees, boards and panelists
  • 1 External HDR Supervision

Bond University Sage Athena Swan Self-Assessment Team (External organisation)

Linda H Crane (Chair), Andrew Calder (Member), Barry Burgan (Member), Catherine McDermott (Member), Christopher Andrews (Member), Duane Kelaart (Member), Gary Brady (Member), Keitha Dunstan (Member), Kenneth Richardson (Member), Michelle Markham (Member), Tanya Forbes (Member), Donna F. Henson (Member), Ray N Moynihan (Member)
1 Oct 201631 Mar 2019

Activity: MembershipInternal memberships, committees, boards and panelists

Anything you can do we can do better

Donna Henson (Examiner)
Nov 2012

Activity: ExaminationThesis Examination

External HDR Supervision Coralie Owens

Donna Henson (Other), Coralie Owens (Participant)

Activity: Professional Development, Mentorship, Supervision and Other ActivitiesExternal HDR Supervision

Press / Media

Redland residents happy and smart

Donna Henson


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Redland residents happy and smart

Donna Henson


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Where to find the happiest people in...

Donna Henson


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Where to find the happiest people in Queensland

Donna Henson


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Who and what makes the most noise in the Australian parliament?

Caroline Graham & Donna Henson


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