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All But Dissertation


A native of California, Dayna earned her Bachelor of Arts in Communication from Saint Mary’s College of California in 2005. Her senior thesis, which explored the mediated effects of black women viewing fashion and beauty magazines, sparked her interested in research and she moved to Chicago to pursue a Master of Arts degree. While attending the University of Illinois at Chicago, Dayna majored in Communication and earned a concentration in Gender and Women’s Studies. Since arriving at Annenberg in Fall 2010, Dayna’s work has been focused on interrogating black women’s contemporary relationship with feminism as articulated through the cultural artifacts they produce in commercial culture. Dayna’s current interest is in black women’s use of Twitter as a way of engaging in dialogue about pop culture representations of black female celebrities and public figures.