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Meredith D. Clark

Assistant Professor
Unit: College of Arts and Sciences
Department: Department of Media Studies
Office location and address
220 Wilson Hall
115 Ruppel Dr
Charlottesville, Virginia 22904

Dr. Meredith D. Clark (@MeredithDClark) is a former newspaper journalist whose research focuses on the intersections of race, media, and power. Her award-winning dissertation on Black Twitter landed her on The Root 100, the news website's list of the most influential African Americans in the country, in 2015. She's a regular contributor to's diversity column, and her research has been published in Journalism & Mass Communication Educator, the Journal of Social Media in Society, and New Media & Society. Dr. Clark is a graduate of Florida A&M University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and comes to UVA from the University of North Texas, where she spent three years as a tenure-track assistant professor of digital and print news. She's a pet mom to two tabby cats, Gabe and Spencer, and a devoted "Grey's Anatomy" fan.

Deliberative Democracy
Source: Democracy Fund Inc
April 01, 2020 – June 30, 2021
AS-MDST ASNE Diversity Census
Source: American Society of News Editors
March 15, 2018 – December 31, 2020
Dem Fund Diversity Census
Source: Democracy Fund Inc
June 01, 2018 – February 28, 2019
MDST 3559: New Course in Media Studies
Credits: 1–4
This course provides the opportunity to offer a new course in the subject of Media Studies.
MDST 3760: #BlackTwitter and Black Digital Culture
Credits: 3
Using a mix of scholarly and popular-press readings and an examination of digital artifacts, we will analyze the creations and contributions of Black digital culture from the mid-90s to the present. Covering topics including the early Black blogosphere; the creation of niche content sites like; the emergence of Black Twitter; the circulation of memes, and the use second-screening.
MDST 4010: Distinguished Majors Thesis Writing or Research Project
Credits: 3
Writing of a thesis or production or a project with appropriately researched documentation, under the supervision of the faculty DMP thesis readers or project supervisor.
MDST 4510: Capstone Topics
Credits: 3
A capstone seminar, this course offers students a supervised opportunity to pursue original research in media studies. Related to a theme selected by the instructor, the project will entail design of a research question, extensive collection and analysis of literature and data, and completion of a 15-20 page paper that provides new, critical insight or information on the subject examined.
MDST 4559: New Course in Media Studies
Credits: 1–4
This course provides the opportunity to offer a new course in the subject of Media Studies.
MDST 4960: Advanced Independent Projects in Media Studies
Credits: 3
This course is designed to allow students to pursue independent research and study of a topic that is not contained within the course offerings of Media Studies. Restricted to Media Studies majors.