Meredith D. Clark, PhD is a journalist and Assistant Professor in Media Studies at the University of Virginia. Her research focuses on the intersection of race, media, and power. She explores the relationships between Black communities and the news on social media. Clark’s academic analysis of Black Twitter won her a spot on the Root 100 list of most influential African Americans in 2015. Now evolved into a theoretical framework of black digital resistance, her book is under contract with Oxford University Press. Clark’s research looks at how people use Twitter in strategic ways to draw attention to issues of concern to Black communities. She’s presented at SXSW three times. Clark is the author of “White Folks’ Work: Digital Allyship Praxis in the Black Lives Matter Movement,” Social Movement Studies (2019). Her research has been published in Electronic News, Journalism & Mass Communication Educator, Journal of Social Media in Society, and New Media & Society.
Clark is Academic Lead for Documenting the Now II, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. She develops new scholarship on teaching students about digital archiving and community-based archives from a media studies perspective. She will be a 2020-2021 fellow with Data & Society. She is a faculty affiliate at the Center on Digital Culture and Society at the University of Pennsylvania. And, she sits on the advisory boards for Project Information Literacy, and for the Center for Critical Race and Digital Studies at New York University. Clark is an in-demand media consultant for diversity, ethnicity, and inclusion.
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