Joel Penney

Associate Professor
The School of Communication and Media
Montclair State University

PhD in Communication, 2011
The Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania


(2017) "Social Media and Citizen Participation in “Official” and “Unofficial” Electoral Promotion: A Structural Analysis of the 2016 Bernie Sanders Digital Campaign." Journal of Communication, published early online, May 13, 2017. DOI: 10.1111/jcom.12300. 

(2016) “Who Gets to Say #areyoubetteroff?: Promoted Hashtags and Bashtags in the 2012 U.S. Presidential Election.” R. In Davis, R., Just, M., & Holtz-Bacha, C. (Eds.). Campaigning in 140 Characters or Less: Twitter and Elections around the World. London: Routledge.

(2016) “We Live in Public: Twitter and Self-Mediated Hyper-Visibility in the Occupy Wall Street Movement. R. In Rovisco, M. & Ong, J. (Eds.). Taking the Square: Mediated Dissent and Occupations of Public Space. New York: Rowman and Littlefield International.

(2016) “Motivations for Participating in Viral Politics: A Qualitative Case Study of Twitter Users and the 2012 U.S. Presidential Election,” Convergence: The International Journal of Research into New Media Technologies, 22 (1), 71-87.

(2015) “Responding to Offending Images in the Digital Age: Censorious and Satirical Discourses in LGBT Media Activism,” Communication, Culture, and Critique 8 (2), 217-234.  

(2015) “Social Media and Symbolic Action: Exploring Participation in the Red Equal Sign Profile Picture Campaign,” Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication 20 (1), 52-66.

(2014) “(Re)Tweeting in the Service of Protest: Digital Composition and Circulation in the Occupy Wall Street Movement.” (co-authored w/ Caroline Dadas) New Media & Society 16 (1), 74-90.

(2013). “Visible Identities, Visual Rhetoric: The Self-Labeled Body as a Popular Medium for Political Persuasion.” International Journal of Communication 6, 2318-2336.

(2011). “’KEVIN07’: Cool Politics, Consumer Citizenship, and the Specter of ‘Americanization’ in Australia.” Communication, Culture, and Critique 4(1), 78-96.