Sarah J. Jackson

Sarah J. Jackson’s (@sjjphdinterests revolve around how social and political identities are constructed and debated in U.S. culture. A scholar of the public sphere, she 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 (2014) examines the relationship between Black celebrity activism, journalism, and American politics. Her forthcoming book (MIT Press), #HashtagActivism: Networks of Race and Gender Justice, focuses on the use of Twitter in contemporary social movements. Her work has appeared in the Journal of CommunicationThe International Journal of Press Politics, and Feminist Media Studies. Dr. Jackson is frequently called on as an expert by local and national media outlets. She is a Presidential Associate Professor in the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania.

Selected Publications:
  1. Sobieraj, S., Masullo, G. M., Cohen, P. N., Gillespie, T., & Jackson, S. J. (2020). Politicians, social media, and digital publics: Old rights, new terrain. American Behavioral Scientist.
  2. Jackson, S. J. (2020). On #BlackLivesMatter and journalism. Sociologica: International Journal for Sociological Debate, 14(2).
  3. Chakravartty, P., & Jackson, S. J. (2020). The disavowal of race in communication theory. Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies.
  4. Jackson, S. J. (2020). The headlines that are covering up police violence. The Atlantic.
  5. Wihbey, J. P., Jackson, S. J., Cruz, P. M., & Foucault Welles, B. (2020). Visualizing diversity: Data deficiencies and semiotic strategies. In M. Engebretsen & H. Kennedy (Eds.), Data visualization in society. Amsterdam University Press.
  6. Jackson, S. J., Bailey, M., & Foucault Welles, B. (2020). #HashtagActivism: Networks of race and gender justice. MIT Press.
  7. Jackson, S. J., Bailey, M., & Foucault Welles, B. (2019). Women tweet on violence: From #YesAllWomen to #MeToo. ada: A Journal of Gender, New Media & Technology, 15.
  8. Jackson, S. J. (2019). Twitter made us better. New York Times.
  9. Jackson, S. J. (2018). Progressive social movements and the internet. In D. Cloud (Ed.), Oxford encyclopedia of communication and critical cultural studies. Oxford University Press.
  10. Jackson, S. J., Bailey, M., & Foucault Welles, B. (2017). #GirlsLikeUs: Trans advocacy and community building online. New Media and Society.
  11. Jackson, S. J. (2016). (Re)imagining intersectional democracy from black feminism to hashtag activism. Women’s Studies in Communication, 39(4), 375–379.
  12. Jackson, S. J., & Banaszczyk, S. (2016). Digital standpoints: Debating gendered violence and racial exclusions in the feminist counterpublic. Journal of Communication Inquiry, 40(4), 391-407.
  13. Jackson, S. J., & Foucault Welles, B. (2015). #Ferguson is everywhere: Initiators in emerging counterpublic networks. Information, Communication & Society, 19(3), 397-418.
  14. Jackson, S. J., & Foucault Welles, B. (2015). Hijacking #myNYPD: Social media dissent and networked counterpublics. Journal of Communication.