Marcia Dawkins

Marcia Dawkins, PhD

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Senior Research Scientist

Current Role

Dr. Marcia Alesan Dawkins is a Senior Research Scientist at CCL, where she translates research to all audiences through media; infuses Equity, Diversity & Inclusion into research strategy; and leads projects that find new connections and synergies between ideas and data-driven solutions.


Marcia is a leading expert in equity and strategic communication. She has published research on how social identity, technology, and creative culture are changing who we are and how we work in outlets such as the International Journal of Communication.

Her first book, Clearly Invisible, was nominated for the Grawemeyer Award. Her research has been recognized by the Social Science Research Council, the National Communication Association, the Eastern Communication Association, and the NAACP. Her perspectives have been featured in media outlets such as BBC World, NPR, AOL Originals, ABC News, HuffPo Live, and a number of podcasts.

Before joining us, Marcia was a professor of Communication, corporate educator, and columnist.

Educational Background

Marcia has a PhD and MA in Communication from the University of Southern California, an MA in Humanities and Social Thought from New York University, and a BA in Communication from Villanova University.

Professional Affiliations and Certifications

Marcia is a member of the National Communication Association and the International Communication Association.

Areas of Expertise

Communication DEI / EDI Higher Education
  • Identity Development
  • Qualitative Research

More About Marcia

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Related Solutions

Insights from Marcia

Are the pledges and promises made by your organization cosmetic platitudes, or authentic commitments to sustainable action? Learn best practices for an EDI statement and approach based on our research findings.
Watch our experts in this special event recording as they share our research and insights on how being a (better) leader starts with a focus on compassion, wellbeing, belonging — for both self and others.
A special webinar event featuring CCL experts and client voices discussing the critical need to hold organizations accountable for making progress on equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) initiatives.

Featured in Other Publications

By CCL research scientists Marcia Alesan Dawkins, PhD, and Ramya Balakrishnan, MS, on how organizational leaders can renew and sustain a commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI), in Talent Management.