In her day job, Denise McGill is an assistant professor
of visual communications at the University of South
Carolina, in the School of Journalism and Mass Communications.
She teaches courses in photojournalism, visual literacy,
digital media, and religion in the news. She joined
USC in August 2008.
Any time she can get away, she’s working as
a photographer and writer. She’s stood on five
continents gathering images that document the human
Her work has been featured in many publications, including
Christianity Today and on CNN. Her projects focus on
migration and faith issues. Major assignments in recent
years have been Christians in Turkey, AIDS in Africa,
and Muslim families after 9/11. She also followed a
refugee family as they moved from the plains of Kenya
to suburban Chicago in the dead of winter.
McGill served as an overseas correspondent for the
award-winning magazine The Commission. Previous to
that she was a staff photographer at the Columbia (Mo.)
Daily Tribune and the Springfield (Mo.) News-Leader.
Along the way she has slept on the beach, in a barn,
a toilet stall and plenty of grimy airport lounges.
She’s seen a lot of beautiful sunrises. And she
has lost her keys on several continents.
McGill earned her bachelors in photojournalism
at the University of Missouri, and her Master of Arts
degree at Ohio University’s School of Visual
McGill is a member of AEJMC’s Visual Communication
Division, and she advises the award-winning USC Student
Chapter of the National Press Photographers Association.