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Danielle Bell

Danielle Bell

Assistant Professor

Danielle Robinson Bell is an assistant professor at Medill. Her area of expertise is communications that drive business results and relationships for organizations, brands and executives. She specializes in work that advances efforts related to equity, inclusion, women in the workplace, and BIPOC for various business types, including social enterprises, startups, large corporations, global organizations and small businesses.

Bell teaches strategic communications in the undergraduate and graduate integrated marketing communications programs. Her teaching philosophy can be captured in three words: beyond the classroom. Inspired by her own learning experiences, Bell uses real-world examples to teach concepts, theories and frameworks that students can apply outside of the classroom. She draws from a variety of teaching materials including case studies, lectures, relevant media, current events and academic texts. She also serves on the Medill Academic Standards Committee.

Bell spent more than 15 years on the agency side of advertising and branding creating integrated marketing campaigns for some of the world’s most recognized brands. Prior to joining Medill, she served as a trusted adviser to business leaders on matters related to crisis communications, reputation management, public relations and inclusive communications.


  • Bachelor of Science in Journalism, Northwestern University Medill School
  • MBA, Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management