My recent work focuses on the intersections of race, digital media, and racial justice activism. I recently wrote Racial Formation, Inequality & the Political Economy of Web Traffic, in the journal Information, Communication & Society, and I co-authored, with Deen Freelon and Meredith Clark, the recent report Beyond the Hashtags: Ferguson, #BlackLivesMatter, and the Online Struggle for Offline Justice, published by the Center for Media & Social Impact, and supported by the Spencer Foundation. I am currently working on a book Black Software: The Internet & Racial Justice, From the AfroNet to Black Lives Matter, forthcoming from Oxford University Press.
- 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). "Perceptions of Leadership & the Challenge of Obama's Blackness." Journal of Black Studies, 38:64-74.
- 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.