Sarah J. Jackson, Ph.D.

Portrait of Sarah J. Jackson
Presidential Associate Professor

A scholar of the public sphere, Sarah J. Jackson studies how media, journalism, and technology are used by and represent marginalized publics, with a focus on communication by and about Black and feminist activists. Her first book, Black Celebrity, Racial Politics, and the Press (Routledge 2014), examines the relationship between Black celebrity activism, journalism, and American politics. Her co-authored second book, Hashtag Activism: Networks of Race and Gender Justice (MIT Press 2020), focuses on the use of Twitter in contemporary social movements. As a 2020 Andrew Carnegie Fellow, she is working on a third book on the political power and industry innovation of African American media-makers.

Her work has appeared in the Journal of Communication, the International Journal of Press Politics, and Feminist Media Studies, among others. Jackson is frequently called on as an expert by local and national media outlets including NPR, PBS, the Associated Press, and the New York Times.

Jackson is an associate editor of Communication Theory and serves on the advisory boards of the Center for Critical Race and Digital Studies and the Social Science Research Council’s MediaWell initiative. She was a Fall 2018 fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School Shorenstein Center for Media, Politics and Public Policy, a Faculty Associate at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society, and a 2019 New America National Fellow.

Before joining the Annenberg faculty, Jackson was an associate professor of Communication Studies at Northeastern University. She holds a Ph.D. in Mass Communication from the University of Minnesota and a M.A. in Communication from the University of Michigan.


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In their new book, out now from The MIT Press, Sarah J. Jackson, Moya Bailey, and Brooke Foucault Welles unpack the phenomenon of hashtag activism....

Sarah J. Jackson is an expert in how communication constructs identity and shapes social change in U.S. culture.

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  • Activism, Communication, and Social Justice
  • Critical Journalism Studies
  • Culture and Communication
  • Digital Media and Social Networks
  • Political Communication
  • Center on Digital Culture and Society
  • Media Activism Research Collective