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Brandale Mills Cox

Brandale Mills Cox, Ph.D. (she/her/hers)

Assistant Professor

  • Communication Studies
  • School of Communications


Dr. Brandale Mills Cox is a professor, researcher, communications professional and training facilitator. She is currently a tenure track professor at Howard University (Washington, DC) in the Strategic, Legal and Management Communication Department where she teaches Advanced Public Relations writing and Public Affairs & Management. She was formerly a communications faculty member at Central New Mexico Community College (CNM) in Albuquerque, New Mexico and Assistant Professor and Graduate Program Coordinator at Norfolk State University (Norfolk, VA) in the Mass Communications and Journalism department. In this role, she taught communications courses, supervised the graduate program and its students, in addition to coordinating the program’s logistics.

Her passion for diverse representation is seen in her book, “Black Women Filmmakers and Black Love on Screen” which offers a thorough examination of depictions of Black Love in films directed by Black women and the importance of diversity in Hollywood to create a more comprehensive representation of communities of color.

As a public relations practitioner, she has worked as the Director of Communications at the Bernalillo County District Attorney’s Office where she handled media outreach and planning on behalf of the office’s initiatives. She also worked as a Media Specialist for the United States Census Bureau, publicizing 2020 Census efforts throughout the state of New Mexico.

Dr. Mills Cox earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Print Journalism from the University of New Mexico (Albuquerque, New Mexico), her Master of Arts and Doctorate degree from Howard University (Washington, DC) in Mass Communications and Media Studies and Communication, Culture and Media Studies. In 2021, she was named one of Albuquerque Business First’s “40 under 40” leaders in the state and she is an active member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

Education & Expertise



Communication, Culture & Media Studies
Howard University


Mass Communications and Media Studies
Howard University


Print Journalism
University of New Mexico


Black Feminism

Black Consumer Habits & Engagement

Black Love Representation in the Media

Black Family Representation in the Media