Dorian Hunter Davis | Webster University

Dorian Hunter Davis

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Assistant Professor; Media Communications


Communications and Journalism

Home Campus

St. Louis (Webster Groves)

Areas of Expertise and Research

  • Political communication
  • Social and mobile media
  • American culture in the digital age
  • Conflation of Twitter trends with public opinion

Courses Taught

MEDC 1050 Introduction to Media Writing
MEDC 3190 Introduction to Media Research
MEDC 5460 Media Research


PhD, Communication, American University, 2018
MA, Newmark School of Journalism at City University of New York City, 2008
BFA, Acting, New York University, 2002

Professional Experience

Before joining Webster University's School of Communications, Dr. Dorian Hunter Davis taught communication studies at American University in Washington DC and journalism at Marymount Manhattan College and Seton Hall University. His teaching and research interests include political communications and media effects. Davis has written for both popular and academic press. Most recently, he co-authored a book chapter on Donald Trump's use of the "fake news" epithet on Twitter.

Davis has talked politics and pop culture on  television and radio, covering topics from the role of Facebook in the Occupy Wall Street Movement to "hate-watching" Syfy's Sharknado movies.

He holds a PhD in communication from American University, an MA from the Newmark School of Journalism at CUNY, and a BFA in acting from New York University.


Davis, Dorian Hunter and Sinnreich, Aram. "Tweet the Press: Effects of Donald Trump's "Fake News!" Epithet on Civics and Popular Culture," President Donald Trump and his Political Discourse: Ramifications of Rhetoric via Twitter, edited by Michelle Lockhart, Routledge, 2018, ch. 14

Contact Information

Office phone (314) 968-5931
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Personal website Dorian Hunter Davis

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updated 6/2019