Rob Eschmann is a writer, educator, filmmaker, and scholar from Chicago. Dr. Eschmann’s first book, When the Hood Comes Off: Racism and Resistance in the Digital Age, is an engaging and comprehensive exploration of the ways technology and online communication are changing how we experience, understand, and respond to racism, both online and in-person.
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. 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 is an Associate Professor at the Columbia University School of Social Work, where he directs the Digital Race Lab, a research center for studying the effects of online racial discourse on people of Color, and society. He received his PhD from the University of Chicago's Crown Family School of Social Work, Policy, and Practice in 2017.