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Activism and Social Justice Division Summer Newsletter


The Activism and Social Justice Division promotes scholarship (research and teaching) that explores relationships among communication, activism, and social justice. Activism and social justice scholarship ranges from explorations of researcher-activists and teacher-activists employing their communication resources (e.g., theories, methods, pedagogies, and other practices) in collaboration with community members whose lives are affected by oppression, domination, discrimination, and other sociopolitical struggles due to differences in race, gender, class, sexual orientation, age, ability, religion, and other identity markers, and/or with justice-oriented groups, organizations, and social movements to intervene into and reconstruct unjust discourses in more just ways, to analyses of communication enacted by activist individuals, groups, and/or organizations to promote social justice. The division welcomes conceptual, theoretical, methodological, empirical, and exploratory/experimental work about, and encourages dialogue, discussion, debate, and performance of, communication, activism, and social justice.

2023 Interest Group Leadership

  • Chair: Amy Aldridge Sanford, Middle Tennessee State University
  • Vice Chair: Jasmine Austin, Texas State University
  • Vice Chair-Elect: Shannon B. Campbell, Appalachian State University
  • Immediate Past Chair: Billie Murray, Villanova University
  • Secretary: Alex Rister, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Graduate Student Committee Purpose and Leadership  

The purpose of the ASJD Graduate Student Committee (GSC) is to serve as a collaborative network for graduate students; to support grad students in advocacy for social justice through teaching, research, and service; and to facilitate connections between grad students and practitioners in their associated fields of study as well as between grad students and faculty within the Division. 

  • Chair: Katie Webber, University of Connecticut
  • Vice-Chair: Jonathan Espinoza, University of Texas-Austin
  • Communication Coordinator: Savannah Downing, University of Georgia

2023 NCA Positions

  • Legislative Assembly
    • Amy Aldridge Sanford
    • Jasmine Austin
    • Katie Webber
  • NCA Nominating Committee
    • Billie Murray, Villanova University

ASJD Membership 2016-2023

*Official membership count is taken every January.


Award Calls
  • 2023 Deadline to submit is Sunday, April 30!
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