Digital Sociologies: A Conversation with Jessie Daniels and Tressie McMillan Cottom

Posted March 24th, 2017 at 9:08 am.

Wednesday, April 12th, 4:30-6:30 pm, Swarthmore College, LPAC 301

Jessie Daniels and Tressie McMillan Cottom will join us for a conversation about key questions, tensions and research agendas for sociology and related disciplines after the datalogical turn. Their recently-published book Digital Sociologies (eds. Jessie Daniels, Karen Gregory, Tressie McMillan Cottom) is an important new benchmark for work bringing digital methods and critiques of digital practices and platforms into conversation with investigations of social formations. In this engaging conversation, Daniels and McMillan Cottom will discuss the origins of their innovative work, why digital sociology is important at this particular moment, and what it has to offer audiences in the academy and beyond.

Tressie McMillan Cottom, Ph.D. is an assistant professor of sociology at Virginia Commonwealth University and faculty associate with Harvard University’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society. Her research on higher education, work and technological change in the new economy has been supported by the Microsoft Research Network’s Social Media Collective, The Kresge Foundation, the American Educational Research Association and the UC Davis Center for Poverty Research. Her widely-acclaimed new book, Lower Ed: The Troubling Rise of For-Profit Colleges in the New Economy, has been reviewed in the New York Times and featured on The Daily Show.

Jessie Daniels, PhD is Professor of Sociology and Critical Social Psychology at Hunter College and The Graduate Center, at the City University of New York (CUNY). An internationally recognized expert on Internet manifestations of racism, Daniels is the author or editor of five books including White Lies (Routledge, 1997) and Cyber Racism (Rowman & Littlefield, 2009). These two books offer a look at white supremacy before and after the Internet. She is also the author of dozens of peer-reviewed articles in journals such as American Behavioral Scientist, New Media & Society, Gender & Society, and Women’s Studies Quarterly, and some of her writing has appeared in The New York Times. In 2014, Contexts Magazine called her a “pioneer in digital sociology.” Daniels also worked in the Internet industry. She writes regularly at RacismReview (, a scholarly blog that she co-founded and has maintained since 2007. Forbes Magazine named her one of “20 inspiring women to follow on Twitter,” and you can find her there as @JessieNYC.


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