Public Sociology Award,
Bio: Jessie Daniels, PhD is Professor of Sociology at Hunter College and The Graduate Center, CUNY (Sociology, Critical Social Psychology). An internationally recognized expert in Internet expressions of racism. She is the author of two books 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 recently 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 is the 2016-2017 Chair of the American Sociological Association section on Computers, Information Technologies and Media Sociology (CITAMS).
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, due out in early 2017 from University of Chicago Press.
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 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. In 2016, she earned a spot at Aspen Summer Words to workshop her memoir No Daughter of Mine. It is a story, in part, about her relationship with her father, J.T., and his efforts to have her involuntarily committed and stop publication of her first book after she revealed family secrets, changed her name and publicly declared herself a lesbian. She uses these events to craft a compelling narrative that raises timely questions about love and racism and resistance.
Darin Strauss (Chang and Eng, Half a Life), called her story "incredible" and said her writing had "real punch and frizzle."