About Marcia

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Marcia Alesan Dawkins, Ph.D. is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Southern California's Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism in Los Angeles, California. An award-winning writer, speaker, and educator, Dawkins -- known to "tweeps" as @drdawkins09 -- writes frequently on race, diversity, media, religion, and politics for several outlets, including The Huffington Post, Truthdig, The Root, and Cultural Weekly, among others.

Her expert opinion has been sought out by NPR, WABC-TV Boston, The New York Times, TIME Magazine, The Leadership Alliance, and the Public Relations Society of America. She earned her PhD in communication from USC Annenberg, her master's degrees in humanities from USC and NYU and her bachelor's degrees in communication arts and honors from Villanova.

Her first book, Clearly Invisible: Racial Passing and the Color of Cultural Identity, written while she was a visiting scholar at Brown University, was released in August 2012. Her second book Eminem: The Real Slim Shady is on the way.

For more information about the author please visit her website.