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Summer Harlow is an award-winning associate professor of journalism in the Department of Communication and Journalism at Texas A&M University. 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 two books: Digital Native News and the Remaking of Latin American Mainstream and Alternative Journalism (Routledge, 2023), and 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 CommunicationInternational Journal of Press/PoliticsNew Media & Society; Digital Journalism; Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly; Information, Communication & Society; Journalism Studies; Journalism; Mass Communication & Society; Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media; International Journal of Communication; and International Communication Gazette, among others. Currently she is the Book Reviews Editor for the International Journal of Press/Politics.

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 serves as the Associate Director of the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas. She teaches courses on social movements and news coverage, Latin America, Latinx media, social media, and immigration reporting.  

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