Donald R Browne

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Dr. Browne's current research investigates how minority groups present themselves and are presented through the electronic media in nations throughout the world, and what may be learned through comparison of the experiences of electronic media systems around the world. It also involves the ways in which community media services define and involve the communities they serve.

He has published six books and his research has appeared in such publications as Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media, Journal of Communication, European Journal of Communication, and Communications: The European Journal of Communication Research. His 2005 book explores the way ethnic minorities use electronic media.

He has received awards for teaching and research including the Central States Speech Association Outstanding Teacher Award and the Broadcast Education Association Outstanding Book of the Year Award. He was named as a Broadcast Education Association Distinguished Scholar in 2007 forhis lifetime record of scholarly achievement.

Dr. Browne teaches graduate courses on comparing electronic media systems, minority groups and electronic media, and historical and descriptive research methods.

Educational Background & Specialties


  • electronic media and industrialized nations, national development, ethnic minorities
  • historical and descriptive research
  • international broadcasting
Courses Taught
  • Comm 8231 -- Seminar: National and International Electronic Media Systems
  • Comm 5233 -- Electronic Media and National Development
  • Comm 5210 -- Seeing Color on TV: Ethnic Minority Depiction Through US Television
  • Comm 4235 -- Electronic Media and Ethnic Minorities -- A World View
  • Comm 4231 -- Comparing Electronic Media Systems
  • Comm 3211 -- Introduction to US Electronic Media
  • COMM 8210 -- Electronic Media and the Depiction of Ethnic Minorities
Research & Professional Activities

Professional Activities

  • Blind review of an article manuscript to the Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media: 2002
  • Paper presented at the Annual Conventions of the Broadcast Education Association: 2002
  • Book manuscripts reviewed for Cambridge University Press (UK): 2002 and 2007
  • Paper presented at the International Institute of Communication: 2002
  • Review of partial book manuscript for Sage Publications: 2007
  • Review of manuscript concept and sample chapters for Taylor-Francis Publications, 2008:
  • Electronic Media and Industrialized Nations: A Comparative Approach. Browne, Donald, Ames, Iowa: Iowa Sate University Press, 1999.
  • Entries for "International Radio Broadcasting; RIAS Berlin; Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty; and William Kling". Browne, Donald, Author, 2003.
  • "Tower of Babel or Multicultural Tapestry? Ethnic Minorities and International Broadcasting.". Browne, Donald, Author, 1998.
  • Electronic Media and Indigenous Peoples: A Voice of Our Own?. Browne, Donald, Ames Iowa: Iowa State University Press, 1996.
  • "Toward 2001 and Beyond: International Radio in a Multimedia World". Browne, Donald, Author, 1995.
  • "Minority Electronic Media Services and Minority Manners of Presentation": Browne, Donald, Community Media in the Information Age: Perspectives and Prospects, 151-170, 2002.
  • "Radio - International": Browne, Donald, Encyclopedia of International Media and Communications, 2003.
  • Ethnic minorities, electronic media, and the public sphere. Browne, Donald, Cresskill, NJ: Hampton, Author, 2005.
  • "The Voice of America and Journalistic Diplomacy": Browne, Donald, Editor: Steven Vaughan et al., NY: Taylor & Francis, Encyclopedia of American Journalism History, 2007.
  • "Speaking Up: A Brief History of Minority Languages and the Electronic Media Worldwide": Browne, Donald, Eds.: Mike Cormack and Niamh Hourigan, Clevedon, UK: Multilingual Matters, Minority Language Media: Concepts, Critiques and Case Studies, 107-131.
  • International Radio Broadcasting: The Limits of the Limitless Medium. Browne, Donald, NY: Praeger, Author, 1982.
  • Television/Radio News & Minorities. Browne, Donald, Charles Firestone and Ellen Mickiewicz, Queenstown, MD: The Aspen Institute, Author, 1994.
  • Comparing Broadcast Systems: The Experiences of Six Industrialized Nations. Browne, Donald, Ames, IA: Iowa State Univ. Press, Author, 1989.
  • "The Voice of America: Problems and Prospects". Browne, Donald, Journalism Monographs, Author, 1976.
  • "What's Local About Local Radio? A Cross-National Comparative Study". Browne, Donald, International Institute of Communications, Author, 1988.
  • "Speaking in Our Own Tongues: Linguistic Minority Radio in the United States": Browne, Donald, NY: Peter Lang, Radio Cultures, Michael Keith, ed., 23-46, 2008.
  • Ethnic Minorities, Electronic Media and the Public Sphere. Browne, Donald, Cresskill NJ: Hampton, Author, 2005.
  • Fulbright-Hays Scholar, American University of Beirut, 1973 - 1974
  • Electronic Media Book of the Year Award, Broadcast Education Association, for Comparing Broadcast Systems: The Experiences of Six Industrialized Nations, 1989
  • Broadcast Education Association Distinguished Scholar Award, 2007
  • Visiting Professor, Lund Univ. (Sweden), (Under U.S. Information Agency Grant), Spring 1993
  • NATO Research Fellowship, March 1980 - July 1980