Charlton McIlwain

Charlton Mcilwain (@cmcilwain) is Vice Provost for Faculty Engagement & Development at New York University, Professor of Media, Culture, and Communication, and founder of the Center for Critical Race and Digital Studies. McIlwain’s current work focuses on three broad questions: to what degree can/has the internet and other forms of digital media use lead to increased political participation, voice and influence for people of color?; in what ways might internet use provide greater access to social, professional and economic mobility for people of color?; and in what tangible ways do forms of racial discrimination, disparate treatment and denial of opportunity take place in online environments?

Selected Publications:
  1. McIlwain, C. (2020). Of course technology perpetuates racism. It was designed that way. MIT Technology Review.
  2. McIlwain, C. (2020). Silicon Valley’s cocaine problem shaped our racist tech. The Guardian.
  3. McIlwain, C. (2020). Before #BlackLivesMatter: The roots of black digital activism. Yes! Magazine.
  4. McIlwain, C. (2019). Black software: The internet & racial justice, from the Afronet to Black Lives Matter. New York: Oxford University Press.
  5. McIlwain, C. (2017). Racial formation, inequality and the political economy of web traffic. Information, Communication, and Society, 20(7).
  6. Freelon, D., McIlwain, C. D., & Clark, M. D. (2016). Beyond the hashtags: #Ferguson, #Blacklivesmatter, and the online struggle for offline justice. Center for Media & Social Impact.
  7. McIlwain, C. (2015). Racial discourse networks: Race blogs, media influence & the possibilities for collective action. SSRN. http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2757900