Jessie Daniels


PhD, MA, UT-Austin

Jessie Daniels
is an internationally recognized expert on the Internet manifestations of racism. She is the author of two books about race and various forms of media, White Lies (1997) and Cyber Racism (2009), as well as dozens of peer-reviewed articles in journals such as New Media & Society, Gender & Society, American Journal of Public Health, and Women’s Studies Quarterly.

From 1995-1999, Daniels taught Sociology at Hofstra University, then left academia to work in the Internet industry (1999-2000). There, she worked as a Senior Producer, creating live, online events for Fortune 500 companies. She came back into academia through an NIH-funded research project at Rikers Island, New York City’s largest jail, that explored the role of masculinity and race in promoting health for young men leaving jail and re-entering their communities (2002-2005). An article in the journal Health Promotion & Practice based on that research won the Sarah Mazelis Paper of the Year Award (2011).

For 2012-2013, she is an Andrew W. Mellon Fellow, co-leading a seminar that is a conversation between scholars in the humanities and social sciences about “poverty” and working on her own, book-length manuscript, tentatively called, “Health and Poverty on Display: From TV to YouTube.”  Her latest project is: JustPublics@365, an initiative funded by a grant from the Ford Foundation that is intended to re-imagine scholarly communication in the digital era for the public good.

Since 2007, Daniels has maintained a scholarly blog, RacismReview, which regularly gets 200,000 unique visitors each month, and has received well over than 2 million visitors since it began. Forbes Magazine named her one of “20 Inspiring Women to Follow on Twitter.”  You can find her on Twitter: @JessieNYC.


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