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Dr. Tara Conley is assistant professor of Transmedia Storytelling in the School of Communication and Media at Montclair State University. an interdisciplinary scholar and mediamaker with an established research agenda in the field of communication and media. In addition Dr. Conley is the 2021-2022 Race and Technology Practitioner Fellow at Stanford University.

In 2013, she founded Hashtag Feminism (www.hashtagfeminism.org) to locate and archive feminist discourse by way of tracking Twitter hashtags on the web. In 2015, Dr. Conley produced the documentary Brackish about life in New Orleans after hurricane Katrina. She is currently wrapping up production on my latest full length documentary film, DRY BONES about Ike Maxwell, a legendary Elyria High School Black football player of the 1970s whose brother was shot and killed by a white Elyria police officer in a small Ohio town confronting a long history of racial tension. 

Dr. Conley is the founder of MEDIA MAKE CHANGE, a media production and consulting company established in 2009. Her research and multimedia production engage scholarship and methods across multiple fields including communication and media studies, digital humanities, art and design, science and technology studies, and archival studies. 

Research interests

  • Transmedia Storytelling
  • Black Feminism
  • Social Media
  • Digital Literacies
  • Movement Cultures
  • Ethnography
  • Youth Studies

Scholarly Interests

everyday lives of Black people and youth in the study and exploration of place, belonging, media histories, and technoculture.

cultural histories of media and technology (discourse, perceptions, and infrastructures).

archiving digital cultures

critical transmedia storytelling

Teaching

Engage scholarship and methods across multiple fields including communication and media studies, digital humanities, art and design, science and technology studies, and archival studies. 

Faculty/Media Expert

Expert on Black feminism, social media, transmedia storytelling, digital literacies, movement cultures, ethnography, and youth studies.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

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