David Domke worked as a journalist for several newspapers in the 1980s and early 1990s, including the
Orange County Register and Atlanta Journal-Constitution, before earning a Ph.D. in 1996. He is now a Professor and Chair in the Department of Communication at the University of Washington. He is the author of two books. In his research and teaching he focuses on issues of racial and religious identity in American politics. In the past two years he has begun to lead week-long civil rights
pilgrimages of students and community adults to the US South. These are inter-generational and inter-racial experiences, and they are done in partnership with Bellevue College, UW alumni, and UW students, faculty, and staff. In 2002 he received the University of Washington’s Distinguished Teaching Award, the university’s highest honor for teaching. In 2006, he was named the Washington state Professor of the Year by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of
Teaching. In 2008 he was selected as the favorite professor of the UW graduating class, and in 2015 he was selected as the University’s Freshman Convocation keynote speaker.