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About Donna Henson

Bachelor of International Communication (Honours) - Unitec Institute of Technology
Doctor of Philosophy (Communication) – Arizona State University
Dr Donna Henson is Assistant Professor in Communication in the School of
Communication & Media at Bond University, Australia. Donna teaches primarily in the areas of human communication and research methods. Prior to joining Bond in 2010, Donna lectured at Arizona State University, and more recently was a Senior Lecturer and Programme Director for Postgraduate Programmes in Communication at Unitec in Auckland, New Zealand.
Donna has presented research at a range of international conferences, including the International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, the International Association for Relationship Research, and the United States National Communication Association. In 2007 she received a top paper award from the ethnography division of the U.S. NCA organisation. She has also published in a number of international journals, including Qualitative Inquiry and the Western Journal of Communication.

Donna’s areas of interest include narrative, autoethnography, meaning-making, relational communication and the “dark side” of interpersonal experience. Her most recent work examines meaning-making in the wake of natural disaster, with a particular focus on the post-traumatic experience of direct and distant witnesses to the Queensland floods and Christchurch earthquakes.


Present Assistant Professor, Bond University

Curriculum Vitae

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Honors and Awards

  • United States National Communication Association Annual Convention, Top Paper, Ethnography Division, 2007
  • Unitec Student Union, ‘Lecturer of the Year’, Runner-up, School of Communication, 2006
  • Western States Communication Association, Top Student Paper, Interpersonal Division, 2003

Contact Information

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
Bond University QLD 4229
Phone: +61 7 559 52530


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