Dominique Harrison

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Director, Technology Policy, Joint Center

Dr. Dominique Harrison is the Director of the Technology Policy Program at the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies. The program is dedicated to exploring the impact of emerging technologies and developing legislative strategies to improve the lives of Black communities. She focuses on platform accountability, broadband access and adoption, and privacy & algorithmic fairness.

Before her current role, Dr. Harrison served as Project Director in the Aspen Digital Program at the Aspen Institute, where she conceived, developed, and led projects at the intersection of media, technology, and public policy. She also served as the primary thought-leader on efforts related to justice, equity, race, and technology. At the Institute, Dr. Harrison developed the Tech X Talent Project, funded by the Ford Foundation and Schmidt Futures, that seeks to promote greater equity in the technology workforce.

Before joining the Institute, Dr. Harrison worked as a communications fellow at the United Nations Development Program Washington, D.C. office and as a monitoring and evaluation consultant at Internews, where she helped develop a published report on women-focused media development.

Her previous academic appointments include faculty and instructor positions at Howard University, the University of Texas at Austin, and Trinity Washington University.

Dr. Harrison earned her B.S. in Advertising from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, an M.A. in Media Studies from the University of Texas at Austin, and a Ph.D. in Technology, Policy and Society from Howard University. Her dissertation examines gender awareness among stakeholders of Jamaica’s information and communication technology (ICT) policy.