Associate Professor of Media, Culture and Communication
As a researcher, writer and teacher, my primary interests focus broadly on issues of race and media, particularly within the social and political arena. My previous work centered on how political candidates construct, mobilize, benefit or suffer damage from race-based appeals. In 2011 I co-authored the book Race Appeal: How Candidates Invoke Race in U.S. Political Campaigns (Temple University Press). In 2012, the book won the prestigious Ralph Bunche Award, given by the American Political Science Association for the best book addressing ethnic pluralism. The same year, the American Library Association recognized the book as one of the Best of the Best books among academic publishers. In addition to authoring/coauthoring four additional books and close to thirty scholarly journal articles and chapter in edited volumes, and regularly providing expert commentary for local, state, national and international media, I continue to pursue research about racial appeals through collaborative work focused on analyses of individuals’ real-time perceptions of race-based appeals in political advertising, as well as a variety of cognitive/physiological responses to racialized communication.
My recent interests, however, have turned to the intersections of race and digital media, principally as they relate to three primary questions: to what degree can/has the internet and other forms of digital media use lead to increased political participation, voice and influence for people of color?; in what ways might internet use provide greater access to social, professional and economic mobility for people of color?; and in what tangible ways do forms of racial discrimination, disparate treatment and denial of opportunity take place in online environments? I’m currently working on four specific projects: mapping and analyzing race-blogger hyperlink networks; mapping and analyzing race-worker networks and information flow on Twitter; analysis of white, black, and Latino LinkedIn users; and a bibliometric project analyzing work in race-media-communication from the late 1800s to the present. I’ve incorporated these projects under the RaceWorkProject.
- Ph.D. University of Oklahoma 2001, Communication
- M.H.R. Human Relations, University of Oklahoma
- B.A. Oklahoma Baptist University 1994, Family Psychology
- McIlwain, Charlton D. & Caliendo, Stephen M. (2011). Race Appeal: How Candidates Invoke Race in U.S. Political Campaigns. Philadelphia: Temple. (link)
- McIlwain, Charlton D. (2011). Racialized Media Coverage of Minority Candidates in the 2008 Democratic Presidential Primary. American Behavioral Scientist.
- Caliendo, Stephen M. and McIlwain, Charlton D. (2010). The Routledge Companion to Race & Ethnicity. New York/London: Routledge. (link)
- McIlwain, Charlton D. (2009). "Leadership, Legitimacy and Public Perceptions Of Barack Obama." In Andra Gillespie (Ed.) African American Politics in the 21st Century. New York: Routledge, 155-172.
- McIlwain, Charlton D. & Caliendo, Stephen M. (2009). "Black Messages, White Messages: The Differential Use of Racial Appeals by Black & White Candidates." Journal of Black Studies, 39, 732-743.
- McIlwain, Charlton D. (2007). "Race, Pigskin, and Politics: A Semiotic Analysis of Racial Images in Political Advertising." Semiotica, 167-1/4: 169-192.
- McIlwain, Charlton D. (2007). "Racial Identity, Ideology and the Youth Vote: Observations From the 2004 Presidential Campaign." American Behavioral Scientist, 50: 1231-1238.
- Caliendo, Stephen M. and McIlwain, Charlton D. (2006). "Minority Candidates, Media Framing, and Racial Cues in the 2004 Election." Harvard International Journal of Press Politics, 11: 45-69.
- McIlwain, Charlton D. (2005). When Death Goes Pop: Death, Media and the Remaking of Community. New York: Peter Lang.
- Mcilwain, Charlton D. (2003), Death in Black & White: Death, Ritual & Family Ecology. New Jersey: Hampton Press.
- McIlwain, Charlton D. (Editor; In Press). Philosophy, Method and Cultural Criticism. New Jersey: Hampton Press.
- Intercultural Communication
- Rhetorical Criticism
- Introduction to Rhetoric
- Political Communication
- Rhetoric, Law & Public Policy
- Communication Quarterly
- Hampton Press Book Series, Communication, Comparative Cultures & Civilizations