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  • Bond University, Faculty of Society and Design

    4229 Gold Coast

    Australia

Accepting PhD Students

20042019

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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

19992003

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

19951999

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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Research Output

List Yourself: An Autoethnography of Intercultural Identity

Henson, D. F., 2019, 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

  • 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

    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

  • 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

    3 Citations (Scopus)

    Activities

    Pearson Australia Group (Publisher)

    Donna Henson (Reviewer)
    2017

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workPeer-review

    Australia New Zealand Communication Association Conference

    Donna Henson (Member of programme committee)
    2017

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    Australia New Zealand Communication Association Conference (Event)

    Donna Henson (Reviewer)
    2017

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workPeer-review

    Australia New Zealand Communication Association Conference

    Donna Henson (Chair)
    2016

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventOrganising a conference, workshop, ...

    Australia New Zealand Communication Association Conference (Event)

    Donna Henson (Reviewer)
    2016

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workPeer-review

    Press / Media

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    Donna F. Henson

    13/12/18

    1 item of Media coverage

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    Donna F. Henson

    13/12/18

    1 item of Media coverage

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    Donna F. Henson

    25/11/18

    1 item of Media coverage

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    Donna F. Henson

    25/11/18

    2 items of Media coverage

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

    Caroline Graham, Donna F. Henson & Roger Patching

    19/06/1620/06/16

    2 items of Media coverage

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