Dr. Jazz Walker
Dr. Jazz Walker is a digital media and marketing researcher studying the intersections of education, media, culture, and society. Jazz spent 10 years interning and working in various digital marketing strategy roles, before leaving the fashion industry due to the overwhelming lack of diversity and inclusion. In 2014, while exploring ideas around equity, culture, and society, Jazz joined Teach for America and spent 2-years teaching in North Las Vegas, Nevada. While studying culturally responsive teaching in a digital age during her master's program, she found the passion for research and went on to pursue a doctorate in Communication, Culture, and Media studies from Howard University.
With all her industry knowledge, Jazz spent an additional 3-years researching digital media, media effects, popular culture, and consumer behavior, before completing her dissertation, Black Beauty Influencers, and YouTube: A Qualitative Analysis of Community, Culture, and Consumption. During her doctoral program, Jazz worked as a marketing and communications professor and industry consultant. Currently, Dr. Walker is a full-time researcher studying digital marketing, influencer strategy, and
Dr. Jazz is available for keynote presentations, guest lecturing and media interviews, and consulting.
Jazz graduated from Woodbury University in 2013, as the 2011 Marketing Student of the Year, earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Fashion Marketing with a minor in Communications and Public Relations. She went on to complete her graduate studies at the University of Nevada Las Vegas, earning a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction in 2016. As a first-generation college student, Jazz dreamt of attending Howard University and having a true HBCU experience. In 2019, Dr. Jazz Walker earned her Doctorate of Philosophy in Communications, Culture, and Media Studies from none other than, The Mecca, Howard University.