Rob Eschmann is a writer, educator, and scholar from Chicago. He is a proud product of the Chicago Public Schools and received his PhD from the University of Chicago in 2017.
Dr. Eschmann writes on educational inequality, community violence, racism, social media, and youth wellbeing. His research seeks to uncover individual, group, and intuitional-level barriers to racial and economic equity, and he pays special attention to the heroic efforts everyday people make to combat those barriers.
Dr. Eschmann’s research investigates the effects of online experiences on real-world outcomes. From his work on the relationship between online communication and community violence, to his current work on race and racism in the digital era, Dr. Eschmann’s research bridges the gap between virtual and face-to-face experiences. He directs the Digital Race Lab, a research center for studying the effects of online racial discourse on people of Color, and society. Dr. Eschmann is an Assistant Professor at the Boston University School of Social Work, Faculty Affiliate in the Department of Sociology, and Faculty Affiliate in African American Studies Program. He has taught courses on race, urban education, poverty policy, statistics, and program evaluation, and currently teaches Racial Justice and Cultural Oppression at BU.
His recent publications include, “Digital Resistance: How Online Communication Facilitates Responses to Racial Microaggressions,” currently in press in the American Sociological Association’s Sociology of Race and Ethnicity journal, and “Unmasking Racism: Students of Color and Expressions of Racism in Online Spaces,” published in the journal Social Problems in 2019.
As a fellow, he will be completing his book with the University of California Press, When the Hood Comes Off: Racism and Resistance in the Digital Era. This book is among the first to systematically explore the ways online communication has changed the expressions of racism, its effects on communities of color and society, and resistance to racism at individual and structural levels.