Associate Professor Summer Harlow
IAS Open Programme
University of Houston
Summer Harlow is an award-winning associate professor of journalism in the Jack J. Valenti School of Communication at the University of Houston. Her scholarly research focuses on the intersections of social movements, social media, and journalism, particularly in the United States and Latin America.
She is the author of Liberation Technology in El Salvador: Re-appropriating Social Media among Alternative Media Projects (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2017), which won the AEJMC-Knudson Latin America Book Prize in 2018. Her work also has been published in top-tier, peer-reviewed journals like the Journal of Communication; International Journal of Press/Politics; New Media & Society; Digital Journalism; Information, Communication & Society; Journalism Studies; Journalism Practice; Journalism; Mass Communication & Society; Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media; International Journal of Communication; and International Communication Gazette, among others.
She has presented her research at AEJMC, ICA, IAMCR, WAPOR, ISOJ, and LASA, where her work has received numerous top-paper awards. She also was named a winner of the prestigious AEJMC Emerging Scholar award in 2018, and her dissertation won the Nafziger-White-Salwen Outstanding Dissertation Award from AEJMC. In 2018 she was recognized with the Outstanding Junior Woman Scholar Award from the Kopenhaver Center for the Advancement of Women in Communication.
Dr. Harlow teaches courses on social movements and news coverage, social media reporting, and immigration reporting. She also teaches classes in UH's Hispanic Media Minor.