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Charlton McIlwain

Vice Provost for Faculty Engagement and Development; Professor of Media, Culture, and Communication

Media, Culture, and Communication

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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.

Selected Publications

  • 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.

Programs

Media, Culture, and Communication

Our media studies programs train agile researchers of a shifting media landscape. Learn to analyze media and technology in its cultural, social, and global contexts.

Courses

Political Communication

Communicative aspects of American government, including the preparation of candidates, the electoral process, political advertising and public relations. The use of strategic communication to influence political agendas, the formation of public policy, and the process of political debate.
Course #
MCC-GE 2175
Units
4
Term
Fall
Faculty

Professors

A.J. Bauer , Charlton McIlwain ,
Department

Political Communication

This course focuses on the essentially communicative aspects of American government, including the preparation of candidates, the electoral process, political advertising and public relations. It also includes the use of strategic communication to influence political agendas, the formation of public policy, and the process of political debate.
Course #
MCC-UE 1013
Units
4
Term
Fall, Spring
Faculty

Professors

A.J. Bauer , Charlton McIlwain ,
Department

The Racial Web

Students will examine the sources, content, & flow of racial & radicalized discourse on the web, as well as a broader variety of issues related to race & digital media. Central themes of racial formation & critical race theory, coupled with foundational concepts from graph theory & social network analysis will guide explorations into the multifaceted ways in which racial disadvantage , exclusion, segregation & disparate treatment get produced & reproduced in cyberspace.
Course #
MCC-GE 2308
Units
4
Term
Spring
Faculty

Professors

Charlton McIlwain ,
Department