Sasha Costanza-Chock

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Sasha Costanza-Chock
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Sasha Costanza-Chock at International Communications Association conference in 2017
TitleAssociate Professor of Civic Media
Academic background
Alma materUniversity of Southern California
Academic work
InstitutionsMassachusetts Institute of Technology
Main interestsMedia, activism
Notable worksOut of the Shadows, Into the Streets! Transmedia Organizing and the Immigrant Rights Movement

Sasha Costanza-Chock is a communications scholar, participatory designer, and activist. They are Associate Professor of Civic Media at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Faculty Affiliate at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society. Costanza-Chock is author of numerous publications about information and communication technologies and social movements, including the book Out of the Shadows, Into the Streets! Transmedia Organizing and the Immigrant Rights Movement. Costanza-Chock is regularly cited in print and web media as an academic expert on issues involving media and activism.


Costanza-Chock researches social movements, media, and communications technologies,[1] and has published work about Occupy Wall Street, the immigrant rights movement in the U.S., the Federal Communications Commission, the CRIS campaign for communication rights, and media policy, among other areas.[2] As an activist they have contributed to citizen media projects such as VozMob, Transmission, and Indymedia.[3]

Their book Out of the Shadows, into the Streets! Transmedia Organizing and the Immigrant Rights Movement was published by The MIT Press in 2014. Writing about DREAM Act scholarship for The Journal of Higher Education, Michael Olivas called the book "a fascinating and liberating study of the social media used by various DREAMer factions".[4] In a review in Information, Communication & Society Koen Leurs called the book "a reflective, situated, historically and contextually aware account of rights movements in the United States".[5]

Costanza-Chock is regularly cited as an academic expert on media and activism topics, including the student response to the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting,[6] movements to unionize tech workers,[7] and the doxing of white supremacists.[8]

Education and career[edit]

Costanza-Chock received their A.B. from Harvard University, M.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, and Ph.D. from the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at the University of Southern California. After receiving their Ph.D. Costanza-Chock took up a position at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where they are currently Associate Professor of Civic Media.[2] They are also a board member of Allied Media Projects.[9]


  • Costanza-Chock, Sasha (2014). Out of the Shadows, into the Streets! Transmedia Organizing and the Immigrant Rights Movement. The MIT Press. ISBN 9780262028202.


  1. ^ Henry Jenkins. DIY Video 2010: Activist Media. Retrieved 2011-10-03
  2. ^ a b "Sasha Costanza-Chock". MIT Comparative Media Studies | Writing. Retrieved October 5, 2018.
  3. ^ Costanza-Chock, Sasha (March 3, 2011). "Interview with Sasha Costanza-Chock". National Alliance for Media Arts and Culture. Interviewed by Vicki Callahan. Archived from the original on December 29, 2011. Retrieved October 5, 2018.
  4. ^ Olivas, Michael A. (2015). "DREAMers in Three Acts". The Journal of Higher Education. 86 (6): 955.
  5. ^ Leurs, Koen (2017). "Out of the shadows, into the streets! Transmedia organizing and the immigrant rights movement". Information, Communication & Society: 1777–1770. doi:10.1080/1369118X.2017.1349161.
  6. ^ Siegel, Rachel (March 2, 2018). "The Parkland shooting is different. The news coverage proves it". Washington Post. Retrieved October 5, 2018.
  7. ^ Bray, Hiawatha (July 13, 2018). "Tech community wrestles over working with government". Boston Globe. Retrieved October 5, 2018.
  8. ^ Madrigal, Alexis C. (August 22, 2017). "Would You Doxx a Nazi?". The Atlantic. Retrieved October 5, 2018.
  9. ^ "People". Allied Media Projects. Retrieved October 15, 2018.

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