Jennifer Jacobs Henderson, Ph.D.

"I would like to see Trinity students become engaged thinkers rather than quiet experts. Engaged citizens are much more important in efforts to make positive change in the world, and honestly, more fun."

- Jennifer Jacobs Henderson, Ph.D.


  • Routledge Handbook of Participatory Cultures, with Dr. Aaron Delwiche, Routledge, 2011.
  • "Defending the Good News: The Jehovah's Witnesses and Their Plan to Expand the First Amendment," Marquette Books, 2010.
  • "Communication Law," Oxford Bibliographies Online, September 2010.
  • "Who Is a Journalist and Why Does it Matter? Disentangling the Legal and Ethical Arguments," with Erik Ugland, Journal of Mass Media Ethics, Autumn 2007.
  • "Conditional Liberty: The Flag Salute before Gobitis and Barnette," Journal of Church and State, Autumn 2005, pp. 749–767.
  • "The Reykjavik Summit: A Case Study in Indexing," Southwestern Mass Communication Journal, Autumn 2004, pgs. 67–82.
  • "The Jehovah's Witnesses and Their Plan to Expand First Amendment Freedoms," Journal of Church and State, Autumn 2004, pgs. 811–832.
  • "Race, Advertising and Prime-Time Television," Howard Journal of Communications, with Gerald J. Baldasty, April–June 2003, pgs. 97–112.

Research Areas

Dr. Henderson's research focuses on issues of media law, the ethics of media, and the use of video games, social networks, and digital technology for political and social action. For more than a decade, she has been researching how voices outside of American mainstream discourse have pressured the government to expand free speech protections.

Grants and Awards

  • Outstanding Young Alumni Award, Drake University, April 2009
  • Promising Professor Award, Association for Journalism in Mass Communication, Spring 2009
  • Media Ethics Fellow, Spring 2007
  • Best Practices in Teaching the First Amendment, Honorary Mention, August 2006
  • Distinguished Educator, National Society of Collegiate Scholars, October 2005
  • Trinity University Junior Faculty Award for Distinguished Teaching and Research, 2004

Community Service and Involvement

  • Chair, Department of Communication
  • Trinity University Commencement and Convocation Committee
  • Faculty Advisory Committee, The Trinity Review
  • Trinity University Pre-Law Advisory Committee
  • Board Member, KRTU-FM, Trinity University's radio station