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Sarah J. Jackson is an Associate Professor of Communication Studies and faculty affiliate of the Department of Cultures, Societies, and Global Studies and Program in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Northeastern University. Her expertise lies at the intersection of media and activism, with a focus on the ways racial justice and feminist activists make media and, in turn, how these groups are represented in media.

Her first book, Black Celebrity, Racial Politics, and the Press (Routledge, 2014) considers the role of black press and mainstream journalists in making sense of Black celebrity activism to the public. Her second book, a co-authored study of Twitter titled, #HashtagActivism: Race and Gender in America’s Networked Counterpublics, is under contract with MIT Press.

Jackson's work has appears in such journals as Journal of Communication; Information, Communication, and Society; Feminist Media Studies; and New Media & Society. Her research and writing has also been featured in The New York Times, Politico, NPR, and The Boston Globe.

Jackson earned her PhD from the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Minnesota. She also holds a master's degree in Communication from the University of Michigan, a bachelor's degree in Broadcast Journalism and African American Studies from the University of Utah, and a 200HR yoga teaching certification.