Sarah J. Jackson’s (@sjjphd) interests 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 Communication, The 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.
- Jackson, S. J. (2019). Twitter made us better. New York Times.
- Jackson, S. J., Bailey, M., & Foucault Welles, B. (2020). #HashtagActivism: Networks of race and gender justice. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
- Jackson, S. J., Bailey, M., & Foucault Welles, B. (2017). #GirlsLikeUs: Trans advocacy and community building online. New Media and Society.
- Jackson, S. J. (2016). (Re)imagining intersectional democracy from black feminism to hashtag activism. Women’s Studies in Communication, 39(4), 375–379.
- 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.
- Jackson, S. J., & Foucault Welles, B. (2015). #Ferguson is everywhere: Initiators in emerging counterpublic networks. Information, Communication & Society, 19(3), 397-418.
- Jackson, S. J., & Foucault Welles, B. (2015). Hijacking #myNYPD: Social media dissent and networked counterpublics. Journal of Communication.