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Déjà D. Rollins

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Contact Information

3001 Lincoln Hall, MC-456
702 South Wright Street
Urbana IL 61801
Doctoral Student
Graduate College Fellow


Déjà Rollins is a Dallas, Texas native, whose professional experience in radio & TV broadcasting laid the foundation for her doctoral studies in the Department of Communication at the University of Illinois. Her research centers on mediated communication and technology with an emphasis on its effect on race, culture, and identity.

In her free time, Déjà enjoys spending time with her kids, hitting the gym, recording & posting her dinner recipes online, and binge-watching new TV series.

Research Interests

Media Effects; Media Psychology; Prosocial media use and effects; Media & Emotion, Traditional & Social Media 


2018 M.A., Emerging Media & Communication, The University of Texas at Dallas
2012 B.S., Journalism, The University of Texas at Tyler | Minor - Speech Communication




Awards and Honors

 List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent – The University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign

               Fall 2021, Spring 2022, Summer 2022, Fall 2022, Spring 2023, Summer 2023

2022      Ruth Anne Clark Research Award – Department of Communication, UIUC

2022      Henrey L. Mueller Award (Most Outstanding New Teaching Assistant) – Department of Communication, UIUC              

2020      Graduate College Fellow – Graduate College, UIUC

2020      Summer Pre-doctoral Institute’s Outstanding Scholar Award – Graduate College, UIUC

2020      Summer Pre-doctoral Institute Fellow – Graduate College, UIUC 


National Communication Association Student Caucus Travel Grant, 2021, 2023

UIUC Graduate College Conference Travel Award, 2021, 2023

UIUC Department of Communication Friends Travel Support Award,  2021, 2023

President's Research in Diversity Travel Assistance (Competitive Award) Program, 2023

Courses Taught

CMN 101 Public Speaking 

  • Fall 2021
  • Spring 2022

CMN  336 - Family Communication

  • Summer 2022
  • Summer 2023

CMN 277 Intro to Mediated Communication

  • Fall 2022
  • Spring 2023

Additional Campus Affiliations

Black Graduate Student Association 

  • President (2022-2023)
  • Treasurer (2021-2022)

Highlighted Publications

Stamps, D., Jordan, J., & Rollins, D. (under review). Cultivating Copaganda: Black audiences’ consumption of Black law enforcement TV characters and attitudes toward law enforcement. Media Psychology.

Guntzviller, L. M., Pulido, M. D., Kelpinski, L. F., Makos, S., Rollins, D. D., Zenzola, N. V., & Babu, S. (2023). An extension of advice response theory over time. Human Communication Research, 49, 361–371

Rollins, D., Bridgewater, E., Munzer, T., Robb, M., Weeks, H., Schaller, A., Yancich, M., Gipson, W., Drogos, K., & Radesky, J. (May 2022). Who is the YOU in YouTube? Missed Opportunities in Race and Representation in Children’s YouTube Videos. Common Sense Media Report.

Rollins, D. D. (2021, February 8). A Digital Collective Gaze: How Black Women on Twitter used Hippolyta’s Futuristic Journey to Look Back. Retrieved February 12, 2021, from