2020 Andrew Carnegie Fellows Recipient

Sarah J. Jackson
Presidential Associate Professor, Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania

Sarah J. Jackson, a Presidential Associate Professor at the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School of Communication, studies how marginalized groups use media and technology to wield power and influence. Dr. Jackson is the author of Black Celebrity, Racial Politics, and the Press: Framing Dissent (2014), which examines black celebrity activists from Paul Robeson to Kanye West and how the media has covered them and their messages, and coauthor of #HashtagActivism: Networks of Race and Gender Justice (2020), which considers social media activism.

Her Carnegie project will examine the role of Black mediamakers and storytellers in the 21st century, considering the challenges they face and how their work has shifted public politics and policy, expanded the legacy of historical Black media, and contributed to media innovation.