Please join us in welcoming Meredith Clark to the University of Virginia as an Assistant Professor of Media Studies!
Dr. Meredith D. Clark (@meredithclark) is a former newspaper journalist whose research focuses on the intersections of race, media, and power. Her award-winning dissertation on Black Twitter landed her on The Root 100, the news website's list of the most influential African Americans in the country, in 2015. She's a regular contributor to Poynter.org's diversity column, and her research has been published in Journalism & Mass Communication Educator, the Journal of Social Media in Society, and New Media & Society. Dr. Clark is a graduate of Florida A&M University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and comes to UVA from the University of North Texas, where she spent three years as a tenure-track assistant professor of digital and print news. She's a pet mom to two tabby cats, Gabe and Spencer, and a devoted "Grey's Anatomy" fan.
In the fall of 2017, she will be teaching a new course, MDST 3559 Reading Black Digital Culture: Using a mix of scholarly and popular-press readings and an examination of digital artifacts, this course takes a critical, intersectional approach to analyzing the creations and contributions of Black digital culture from the mid-90s to the present. Covering topics including the early Black blogosphere; the creation of niche content sites like BlackPlanet.com; the emergence of Black Twitter; the circulation of memes, and the use second-screening. This course will satisfy the Diversity and Identity requirement for majors. Please check SIS for enrollment.