• Communication Studies

Sarah J. Jackson

Associate Professor

Sarah J. Jackson is an expert in how communication constructs identity and shapes social change 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 with MIT Press, Hashtag Activism :Race and Gender in America’s Networked Counterpublics focuses on the use of Twitter in contemporary racial justice and gender justice movements. Her work has appeared in the Journal of Communication, The International Journal of Press Politics, and Feminist Media Studies, among others. Dr. 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.

At Northeastern University, Dr. Jackson teaches Social Movement Communication and Communication and Inclusion. She has also taught Introduction to Communication Studies, Media, Culture and Society, and Media and Identity. She serves on the executive committee of Northeastern’s Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program, and is a faculty affiliate of the Department of Cultures, Societies and Global Studies. She advises Northeastern’smulticultural student organization NUMIX along with Northeastern’s sexual health, advocacy, and education organization NU-SHARE. Prior to teaching at Northeastern, Dr. Jackson taught at the University of Minnesota and University of Michigan where she earned her PhD and MA respectively. 

Dr. Jackson is on sabbatical for 2018-2019. She is a Fall 2018 fellow in the Harvard Kennedy School Shorenstein Center for Media, Politics and Public Policy and a 2019 New America National Fellow.

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  • PhD, University of Minnesota
  • University of Michigan

Professional Affiliations

  • • National Communication Association
  • • International Communication Association\r\rAmerican Studies Association


Research Interests

  • critical race theory
  • feminist studies
  • identity politics
  • media technology & social change
  • public sphere theory
  • social movements