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Summer Harlow, Ph.D.

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Assistant Professor

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  • Office: Communication Bldg., Room #221
  • Email: sharlow@central.uh.edu
  • Phone: 713-743-7354

Dr. Harlow, an assistant professor of journalism in the Valenti School of Communication at the University of Houston, has a Ph.D. in Journalism and a M.A. in Latin American Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. Trilingual (English, Spanish, and Portuguese), she researches the intersections of emerging media technologies, international communication/journalism, alternative media, and activism, with an emphasis on Latin America and marginalized groups. She is a former Inter-American Foundation Grassroots Development Fellow, and her dissertation won the Nafziger-White-Salwen Dissertation Award for best dissertation in the field from the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. Dr. Harlow is the author of Liberation Technology in El Salvador: Re-appropriating Social Media among Alternative Media Projects, published in 2017 by Palgrave-Macmillan. Her scholarly work has received numerous recognitions from the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, and has been published in top peer-reviewed journals such as the Journal of Communication; New Media & Society; Journalism; International Journal of Communication; Journalism Studies; Journalism Practice; Media, Culture & Society; and the Journal of Computer Mediated Communication. Before coming to UH, she was an assistant professor of social media at Florida State University. A former newspaper reporter, Dr. Harlow stays connected to the field of journalism practice through freelancing and her work as a press freedom analyst for Freedom House.

Education

  • Ph.D. in Journalism from the University of Texas at Austin
  • M.A. in Latin American Studies from the University of Texas at Austin
  • Bachelor of Journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia
  • Bachelor of Arts in Spanish from the University of Missouri at Columbia

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Research Interests

Dr. Harlow’s research uses mixed methods to examine the role of emerging technologies in journalism, alternative media, and activism/social change, particularly as related to Latin America, race, gender, and marginalized populations.

Teaching

Dr. Harlow teaches at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. She has taught such courses as qualitative research methods, social media advocacy campaigns, intercultural/international communication, and mass communication and society.

Professional Activities

Dr. Harlow is part of the International Communication Association, the Latin American Studies Association, and the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC), where she serves on the board of the International Communication Division and is part of the Commission on the Status of Women and the Minorities and Communication Division.

Honors

  • FSU College of Communication and Information, Faculty Research Award (2015)
  • AEJMC, Nafziger-White-Salwen Dissertation Award for best dissertation in the field (2015)

Recent Publications

Harlow, S. (2017). Liberation Technology in El Salvador: Re-appropriating Social Media among Alternative Media Projects. Palgrave-Macmillan.

Harlow, S. (2017). Recognizing the Importance of Alternative Media: Role Perceptions and Journalistic Culture in Brazil. Journalism Studies.

Harlow, S. (2017). Quality, Innovation, and Financial Sustainability: Central American entrepreneurial journalism through the lens of its audience. Journalism Practice, 1-22.

Harlow, S., Salaverría, R., Kilgo, D. K., & García‐Perdomo, V. (2017). Protest Paradigm in Multimedia: Social Media Sharing of Coverage About the Crime of Ayotzinapa, Mexico. Journal of Communication. Online first.

García-Perdomo, V.; Salaverría, R.; Kilgo, D.K.; & Harlow, S. (2017). To Share or Not to Share: The influence of news values and topics on popular social media content in the United States, Brazil, and Argentina. Journalism Studies, 1-22.

Kilgo, D.K.; Harlow, S.; Garcia, V.; Salverria, R. (2016) A new sensation? An exploration of sensationalism and social media recommendations in digitally native news organizations in the Americas. Journalism.

Harlow, S. (2016). Reconfiguring and Remediating Social Media as Alternative Media: Exploring Youth Activists’ Digital Media Ecology in El Salvador. Palabra Clave, 19(4), 997-1026. 

Harlow, S., & Salaverria, R. (2016). Regenerating journalism: Exploring the 'alternativeness' and 'digitalness' of online-native media in Latin America. Digital Journalism.

Chadha, M., & Harlow, S. (2015). The writing is on the wall, or is it? Exploring Indian activists' beliefs on social media's alternative spaces of communication. International Journal of Communication, 9, 672-693.

Harlow, S. (2015). Losing Focus: Goal Displacement at an Alternative Newspaper in El Salvador. Media Culture and Society, 37(8), 1119-1137.

Harlow, S. (2015). Twitterati as Instruments of Change? Re-appropriating Social Media for Dialogue and Action via El Salvador's Citizen Debate Site Política Stereo. International Journal of Communication, 9, 1-20. Retrieved from http://ijoc.org/index.php/ijoc/article/view/3414

Harlow, S. (2015). Story-Chatterers Stirring Up Hate: Racist Discourse in Reader Comments on U.S. Newspaper Websites. Howard Journal of Communications, 26(1), 21-42. doi:10.1080/10646175.2014.984795

Harlow, S. (2015). Beyond representation: Exploring participation in and through technology at an alternative newspaper in El Salvador. Cuadernos, 37, 35-47.

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