Deborah J. Danuser is a doctoral student in the Department of Communication at the University of Pittsburgh. Additionally, she is pursuing certificates in the Gender, Sexuality, & Women’s Studies (GSWS) and Cultural Studies (CLST) graduate programs. Deborah’s research centers on cultures’ perception, representation and communication of STEMM (science, technology, engineering, math and medicine) and STEMMists (individuals who work in STEMM) in various mediated texts, with a special focus on gender issues. She is currently working her dissertation, “Representations of STEMM & STEMMists in Contemporary Television Commercials.”
Deborah holds a M.A. in Communication with a minor in Space Studies, as well as a B.A. in Communication and Honors, and a B.S. in Natural Sciences, all from the University of North Dakota. Prior to returning to graduate school to earn her Ph.D., she worked in public relations for nearly 15 years in the Washington, D.C. area. She designed and executed award-winning communication campaigns for a variety of non-profit, corporate and government clients.