- Social movements
- Race and Gender counter publics/politics
Sarah J. Jackson’s 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 current book project (under contract with MIT Press) 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. Dr. Jackson is frequently called on as an expert by local and national media outlets including NPR, PBS, the Associated Press and WCVB-Boston (ABC).
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’s multicultural 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.