Her scholarship focuses on journalism, activism, alternative media, and digital technologies, with a particular emphasis on Latin America. She is the author of Liberation Technology in El Salvador: Re-appropriating Social Media among Alternative Media Projects, for which she received the AEJMC-Knudson Latin America Prize from the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC). In 2018 she received the Lillian Lodge Kopenhaver Outstanding Junior Woman Scholar Award. Currently she is the primary investigator in Guatemala and El Salvador for the Worlds of Journalism Study. She also is the Head of the International Communication Division of AEJMC, and on the editorial boards of the International Journal of Press/Politics and Journalism Practice. Her research appears in a number of peer-reviewed journals, including Journal of Communication; New Media & Society; Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly; International Journal of Press/Politics; Information, Communication & Society; and Digital Journalism.
Before earning a Ph.D. in Journalism and an M.A. in Latin American Studies, both from the University of Texas at Austin, she spent about a decade working as a newspaper journalist, reporting from the U.S. and Latin America. She also holds bachelor’s degrees in Journalism and in Spanish from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She currently teaches classes related to media and social justice, immigration reporting, Latinx media, and social media.
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Summer Harlow serves on the CID Advisory Board.