PROFESSIONAL FREEDOM & RESPONSIBILITY (PF&R) CO-CHAIR
Dr. Robin Hoecker is a journalism faculty at DePaul University, where she will teach photojournalism and multimedia storytelling. She has earned a Ph.D. in Communication at Northwestern University, an M.A. in Journalism from the University of Missouri, and a B.A. in International Development from Penn State. Her research has looked at crime coverage in African American and Spanish-language newspapers, visual narratives used by truth commissions in South America, and the cyclical nature of black student protests on college campuses. Before graduate school, Robin worked as a multimedia editor at the Stars and Stripes military newspaper in Darmstadt, Germany, and Washington, DC. She also spent a year as a social justice intern at the Unitarian Universalist Association. Robin is a passionate advocate. She co-founded the Civically-Engaged Graduate Students at Northwestern to encourage graduate students to get involved in their communities, both through volunteering and through research. While writing her dissertation and raising her daughter, she led a successful campaign to improve resources for parenting students, which resulted in childcare subsidies, lactation rooms, and paid parental leave. She is honored and excited to be an ABCD fellow.