Keynote Speakers


Networks of Race and Gender Justice

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TTO 2022 is excited to announce that the authors of #HashtagActivism – Networks of Race and Gender Justice: Sarah J. Jackson (University of Pennsylvania), Moya Bailey (Northwestern University), and Brooke Foucault Welles (Northeastern University) will be presenting a keynote at TTO 2022.

A winner of the 2020 McGannon Book Award, #HashtagActivism has received wide-ranging praise for its “well-researched, nuanced” examination of the role of Twitter as a central platform for marginalized groups – including Black Americans, women, and transgender people – to organize sociopolitical action. The book has also been noted for its “methodological sophistication and theoretical nuance”, and its “ground-breaking” examination of how social media has shaped US politics in recent years.


Sarah J. Jackson (University of Pennsylvania) is Presidential Associate Professor in the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania. Her work focuses on the use of media, journalism, and technology by marginalized groups – with a particular focus on the impact of Black, feminist, and activist online spaces on US politics and society.

Moya Bailey (Northwestern University) is an associate professor in the Department of Communication Studies at Northwestern University. Her research examines the use of digital media by marginalized groups as a means of promoting social justice. Bailey’s work also investigates representations of race, gender, and sexuality in media and medicine.

Brooke Foucault Welles (Northeastern University) is an associate professor and interim chair of the department of Communication Studies at Northeastern University. Her work investigates power and amplification in online social networks, leveraging an interdisciplinary blend of network science and social science theory to highlight how these networks can be used to mitigate or aggravate marginalization.