Debra Jenson is an assistant professor of Journalism and Communication at Utah State University. She has a Ph.D. in Communication from the University of Utah and a BS in Political Science from Weber State University. Her work focuses on narratives of social justice in public policy and representation in popular culture.
In 2016, Dr. Jenson was a speaker at TEDx at Utah State University, delivering a talk titled “The Comic Universe Belongs to Everyone” discussing the importance of diversity in comic books and geek culture. She has also presented her work on diversity and geek culture at academic conferences. She is a member of the FanX Salt Lake City Community Council, working to help make geek spaces safer. She also serves on the programming committee and is a regular contributor on panels at FanX events.
Dr. Jenson has worked professionally with Special Olympics Utah and other organizations, advocating with people with disabilities. Her work also includes narratives around religious feminism and the American environmental movement. She is also a member of the executive board of Ordain Women, working to bring gender equality in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Debra spends her spare time swimming and reading. You can also find her cheering for her three kids at soccer games, and leading a Girl Scout troop in Ogden.