Sasha Costanza-Chock

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Sasha Costanza-Chock is a communications scholar, participatory designer, and activist. Sasha is an Associate Professor of Civic Media at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.[1] Sasha received their [2] 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. Sasha researches social movements, media, and communications technologies,[3] and has published work about the 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. As an activist Sasha has contributed to citizen mediamedia justice projects such as VozMob, Transmission and Indymedia.[4] Sasha has worked extensively in the political activism realm as an advocate for the Immigration Rights Movement and evaluates the success of the DREAM Act's active presence in the social realm.[5][6] Sasha works with activist media networks and has always been involved with the community.[7]

Selected works[edit]


Out of the Shadows, into the Streets! Transmedia Organizing and the Immigrant Rights Movement, The MIT Press, November 19, 2014, ISBN 9780262028202

  • “Media in Action: A Field Scan of Media & Youth Organizing in the United States,” (with Chris Schweidler, Teresa Basilio, Meghan McDermott, Puck Lo, & Mara Ortenburger), in the Journal of Digital & Media Literacy, 2016.
  • “PageOneX: New Approaches to Newspaper Front Page Analysis,” (with Pablo Rey Mazón), in the International Journal of Communication v. 10, p. 28, apr. 2016. ISSN 1932-8036. Available at: <>.
  • “Mic Check! Media Cultures and the Occupy Movement,” in Social Movement Studies: Journal of Social, Cultural and Political Protest, 2012. DOI:10.1080/14742837.2012.710746.
  • “Digital Popular Communication: Lessons on information and communication technologies for social change from the immigrant rights movement,” in National Civic Review 100(3):29–35, 2011.
  • “The Immigrant Rights Movement on the Net: Between ‘Web 2.0’ and Comunicación Popular,” in American Quarterly: The Journal of the American Studies Association, 60 (3): 851-864. Johns Hopkins University Press, 2008.
  • “The CRIS Campaign: Mobilizations and Blind Spots,” in Media Development, Issue 4. London: WACC, 2002.
  • “Land Warrior: Resisting the Neoliberal Discourse of Technology,” in CTheory: A Journal of Culture and Technology, 1999.
Book Chapters
  • “Transmedia Mobilization in the Popular Association of the Oaxacan Peoples, Los Angeles,” in Bert Cammaerts, Alice Mattoni, and Patrick McCurdy (Eds.), Mediation and Social Movements. London: Intellect, 2013.
  • “Summary of Findings from the Occupy Research General Demographic and Political Participation Survey (ORGS),” In Khatib, Killjoy, and McGuire (Eds.), We Are Many: Reflections on Movement Strategy from Occupation to Liberation. Oakland: AK Press, 2012. (with Christine Schweidler, Saba Waheed, and Pablo Rey Mazon).
  • “New Voices on the Net? The Digital Journalism Divide and the Costs of Network Exclusion,” in Lisa Nakamura and Peter Chow-White (eds.), Race After the Internet. New York and London: Routledge, 2011 (with Ernest J. Wilson, III). Draft available at
  • “Mobile Voices,” (coauthored with 12 members of the VozMob project) in Minna Aslama and Phil Napoli (eds.), Communications Research in Action: Scholar-Activist Collaborations for a Democratic Public Sphere. Bronx, NY: Fordham University Press, 2010.
  • “Common Cause: Global Resistance to Intellectual Property Rights,” in Dorothy Kidd, Clemencia Rodriguez, and Laura Stein (eds.), Making Our Media: Mapping Global Initiatives Toward a Democratic Public Sphere. Creskill, NJ: Hampton Press, 2009 (with Christine Schweidler).
  • “New Social Movements in the Network Society,” in Lars Rudebeck, Johan Hellström, and Mia Melin (eds.), Big Brother and Empowered Sisters: The Role of New Communication Technologies in Democratic Processes. Uppsala, Sweden: Collegium for Development Studies / Uppsala Centre for Sustainable Development, 2009.
  • “The Globalization of Resistance to Capitalist Communication,” in Graham Murdock and Janet Wasko (eds.), Media in the Age of Marketization. Creskill, NJ: Hampton Press, 2007. Draft:
  • “Piracy,” in Alain Ambrosi, Valerie Peugeot, and Daniel Pimienta (eds.), Word Matters: Multicultural Perspectives on Information Societies. Caen, France: C&F Editions, 2005 (with Christine Schweidler).
  • “The Globalization of Media Policy,” in Robert McChesney, Russell Newman, and Ben Scott (eds.), The Future of Media: Resistance and Reform in the 21st Century. New York: Seven Stories Press, 2005.
  • “The Whole World is Watching: Online Surveillance of Social Movement Organizations,” in Pradip Thomas and Zaharom Nain (eds.), Who Owns the Media? Global Trends and Local Resistance. London: WACC & Southbound, 2004. Book link:
  • “Mapping the Repertoire of Electronic Contention,” in Andrew Opel and Donnalyn Pompper (eds.), Representing Resistance: Media, Civil Disobedience and the Global Justice Movement. NJ: Greenwood, 2003. Draft available online at: Book link:
Other Peer-Reviewed Publications
  • “Youth and Social Movements: Key Lessons for Allies.” The Role of Youth Organizations and Youth Movements for Social Change: Kinder & Braver World Project Research Series, 2012.
  • “Autonomist Tools and Communications Democracy,” background Paper for the Social Science Research Council’s Program on Necessary Knowledge for a Democratic Public Sphere. New York: SSRC, 2005.
  • “Global Governance of Information and Communication Technologies: Implications for Transnational Civil Society Networking” (coauthored with Sean O Siochru), Knowledge Report for the Social Science Research Council’s Program on Information Technology and International Cooperation. New York: SSRC, 2003.


  1. ^ MIT Comparative Media Studies faculty. Retrieved 2011-10-03
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ Henry Jenkins. DIY Video 2010: Activist Media. Retrieved 2011-10-03
  4. ^ Vicki Callahan. Interview with Sasha Costanza-Chock. National Alliance for Media Arts and Culture, 2011. Retrieved 2011-10-03
  5. ^ "Digital popular communication: Lessons on information and communication tec...: Business Source". Retrieved 2016-10-27. (subscription required)
  6. ^ "Digital Popular Communication". Retrieved 2016-11-20. 
  7. ^ "DIY Video 2010: Activist Media (Part Three)". Retrieved 2016-10-27. 

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