Charlton McIlwain
Published May 13, 2017
Updated April 11, 2021

Charlton McIlwain is vice provost for faculty engagement and development and a professor of media, culture and communication at New York University.

His research interests include issues at the intersection of race and media, particularly as it relates to how different forms of digital media have enhanced and/or inhibited political participation among people of color. Additionally, he examines how political candidates can benefit or be hurt by race-based appeals.

McIlwain’s most recent book is Black Software: The Internet & Racial Justice, from the AfroNet to Black Lives Matter. He co-authored the report “Beyond the Hashtags: Ferguson, #BlackLivesMatter and the Online Struggle for Offline Justice” with Deen Freelon and Meredith Clark in 2016. His book Digital Movement: Racial Justice Activism from the AfroNet to Black Lives Matter was recognized by the American Library Association as one of the best books of 2012.

Areas of Expertise: Digital media, social media, social movements, race and political participation, political campaigns, the Internet and race

Location: New York, N.Y.


Phone: (212) 992-9495

Twitter: @cmcilwain

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