Faculty Fellow, Data & Society
Bio: Jessie Daniels, PhD is Professor of Sociology at Hunter College and The Graduate Center, CUNY (Sociology, Critical Social Psychology, Africana Studies). She is an internationally recognized expert in Internet expressions of racism, and the author or editor of five books, two of which are about racism on either side of the digital revolution: Cyber Racism (Rowman & Littlefield, 2009) and White Lies (Routledge, 1997).
Her current work continues to examine the themes of race and technology through the emerging field of digital sociology. She published Digital Sociologies, a co-edited volume with two rising stars, Karen Gregory and Tressie McMillan Cottom (Policy Press, 2016). Daniels has also organized Digital Sociology Mini-Conferences, in conjunction with the Eastern Sociological Society meetings. She was the 2016-2017 Chair of the American Sociological Association section on Computers, Information Technologies and Media Sociology (CITAMS), and the 2018=2019 Chair of the Section on Racial and Ethnic Minorities (SREM).
Daniels is curious about how digital media technologies are transforming the work we do as scholars, and her new book, Being a Scholar in the Digital Era explores this terrain (co-authored with Polly Thistlethwaite). For a short take on her approach to knowledge creation in the digital era, see "From Tweet to Blog to Peer-Reviewed Article" (LSE, 2013).
She extends this work in Going Public (co-authored with Arlene Stein), a how-to book about writing and social media for scholars (University of Chicago Press, 2017).
Since 2007, Daniels has maintained a scholarly blog, Racism Review, with Joe Feagin. Racism Review regularly gets 200,000 unique visitors each month, and has received well over than 3.2 million visitors since it began. The work on the blog led Daniels and Feagin to predict "The (Coming) Social Media Revolution in the Academy" (2011). Most recently at the blog, Daniels has been writing a series about the Trouble with White Feminism. Eventually, she plans to turn the series (currently 35k words) into a book manuscript.
Daniels has published dozens of scholarly articles on race, gender, sexuality and digital media in journals such as American Behavioral Scientist, New Media & Society, Women’s Studies Quarterly, Gender & Society, Theory in Action, American Journal of Public Health, and Health Promotion and Practice.
Memoir: Around the edges of her day job as a professor, Daniels writes memoir and personal essays.