Charlton McIlwain


New York University

Charlton McIlwain is an Associate Professor of Media, Culture, and Communication at New York University. His recent work focuses on the intersections of race, digital media, and racial justice activism.


He co-authored the recent Journal of Communication article, “#CommunicationSoWhite,” which analyzes publication, circulation and citation disparities within communication scholarship. He also authored the recent article, “Racial Formation, Inequality & the Political Economy of Web Traffic,” in the journal Information, Communication & Society. McIlwain just finished his forthcoming book with Oxford University Press titled, Black Software: The Internet & Racial Justice, From the AfroNet to Black Lives Matter.

McIlwain is also the founder of the Center for Critical Race & Digital Studies, a collective of close to 50 scholars of color working at the intersection of race and digital media technology. The Center aims to produce collective work that critically investigates and articulates the myriad ways that race and inequality structurally organizes and manifests in digital architectures, individual and collective identities, local and global communities, cultural practices, and power relations.