Charlton McIlwain is the president of the board of directors at Data & Society. As New York University’s vice provost for faculty engagement and development, Charlton McIlwain works to strengthen NYU’s academic excellence by supporting faculty recruitment, retention, and career advancement. He oversees the NYU Alliance for Public Interest Technology, which brings together NYU’s faculty experts to collaborate with each other and with partners in the public and private sectors on the ethical creation, use, and governance of technology in society. McIlwain is NYU’s designee to the New America/Ford Foundation-sponsored Public Interest Technology University Network.
McIlwain leads NYU’s Center for Faculty Advancement, which provides programming, resources, and special recognitions and awards that promote faculty research, teaching, mentorship, community engagement, and academic leadership development for NYU faculty, as well as collaborating faculty through its Faculty Resource Network. As professor of media, culture, and communication at NYU’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, his scholarly work focuses on the intersections of race, digital media, and racial justice activism.
McIlwain is the founder of the Center for Critical Race and Digital Studies and the author of the book Black Software: The Internet & Racial Justice, From the AfroNet to Black Lives Matter, published in 2019 by Oxford University Press. He also co-authored the award-winning book Race Appeal: How Political Candidates Invoke Race In U.S. Political Campaigns. He received his Ph.D. in communication and a master’s degree in human relations, both from the University of Oklahoma, and a bachelor’s degree in family psychology from Oklahoma Baptist University.