Katherine Dunsmore

Katherine Dunsmore

Professor, Department of Communication




  • Global communication
  • Communication Internship
  • Self-presentation for Employment
  • Mass Communication
  • Intercultural Communication


  • Principles and Practices of Communication
  • Communication and Globalization
  • Communication
  • Culture and Change
  • Capstone Experience


  • Political communication
  • International communication
  • Discourse analysis
  • Journalism history
  • Pedagogy
  • US-Canada relations


  • MA, PhD, Communication, University of Washington
  • MA, Political Science, University of Washington
  • BA, Political Science, Maxima Cum Laude, University of Portland

Academic Profile

Dr. Kate Dunsmore is a Professor of Communication at Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Florham Campus where she is also Director of the MA in Communication program. She studies contemporary and historical public discourse including news and entertainment genres. Her book, Discourse of Reciprocity: The Role of the Press in the US-Canada Alliance, reaches across intellectual traditions to bring together concepts from political communication, international relations, and discourse analysis. She is published in peer-reviewed journals including the International Journal of Communication, Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly; Discourse, Context and Media; Journalism Practice; and Journal of Engineering Education. She has also contributed chapters on pedagogy to peer-reviewed edited volumes. Coming to academia after careers in accounting/database management and fundraising/outreach, Dr. Dunsmore is committed to teaching liberal arts as the most practical higher education possible.

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