Charlton McIlwain is the vice provost for faculty engagement and development at New York University, where he leads NYU's Center for Faculty Advancement and works to ensure that faculty have access to resources to advance their professional goals. He also oversees the NYU Alliance for Public Interest Technology, which brings together faculty experts and partners in the public and private sectors to collaborate on the ethical creation, use, and governance of technology in society. McIlwain represents NYU at the Public Interest Technology-University Network, cosponsored by New America and the Ford Foundation.
As Professor of Media, Culture, and Communication at NYU’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, McIlwain’s scholarly work focuses on the intersections of race, digital media, and racial justice activism. He is the founder of the Center for Critical Race and Digital Studies and the author of the new book, Black Software: The Internet & Racial Justice, From the AfroNet to Black Lives Matter, published by Oxford University Press. He also co-authored the award-winning book, Race Appeal: How Political Candidates Invoke Race In US Political Campaigns.
McIlwain earned his PhD in Communication and an MA in Human Relations from the University of Oklahoma, and a BA in Family Psychology from Oklahoma Baptist University.