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Apryl Williams

Assistant Professor | University of Michigan

Apryl Williams received her PhD in Sociology from Texas A&M University in 2017 with a designated focus in race, media, and culture. I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication & Media and the Digital Studies Institute at the University of Michigan, a Faculty Associate at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, and an Affiliated Researcher at New York University’s Center for Critical Race and Digital Studies.

Her research follows two broad streams of inquiry: critical algorithm studies and cultural studies of race, gender, popular culture, and identity in digital spaces. Her work can be found in several peer-reviewed outlets including the Sociology of Race & Ethnicity, Social Sciences, the International Journal of Communication, and Information, Communication & Society. She also contributed to popular press outlets such as Time Magazine, Slate, and WNYC On the Media. She serves as Series Associate Editor of Emerald Studies in Media and Communications where she edited several volumes on digital inequality, global media flows, and new media cultures.

Apryl Williams reviewed an early draft of Trends in Mobile Journalism: Bearing Witness, Building Movements, and Crafting Counternarratives

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