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Meredith Clark

Asst Professor
University of Virginia

Meredith D. Clark, Ph.D., is an assistant professor in the Department of Media Studies at the University of Virginia.

She spent 10 years working in print and digital news media before making the transition into academia. Clark's research and professional writing focuses on the intersections of race, media, and power. In 2015, she was named No. 66 on's Root 100, a list of the 100 most influential African Americans under 40 in the country.

In her newsroom career, Clark worked through the ranks as a copy editor, reporter, editorial board member and columnist at the Tallahassee Democrat in Tallahassee, Fla., and served as an editor at the Raleigh News & Observer. She was also one of the inaugural co-contributors to's diversity column.

She was a contributor to "Hashtag Publics: The Power and Politics of Discursive Networks" (Peter Lang Press, 2015), and co-author of the reports "Beyond the Hashtags: #Ferguson, #BlackLivesMatter, and the Online Struggle for Offline Justice" (published by the Center for Media & Social Impact), and "How Black Twitter and Other Social Media Communities Interact with Mainstream News" (published by the Knight Foundation).

Her original research has been published in the academic journals New Media & Society, Electronic News, Journalism & Mass Communication Educator and The Journal of Social Media in Society. She currently writing a book about Black Twitter, and serves as academic lead on "Documenting the Now 2," a social media and web archiving project funded through a $1.2 million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Day or night, she can be found on Twitter @meredithdclark.

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