Critical disinformation studies: History, power, and politics

Rachel Kuo, Alice Marwick

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This essay advocates a critical approach to disinformation research that is grounded in history, culture, and politics, and centers questions of power and inequality. In the United States, identity, particularly race, plays a key role in the messages and strategies of disinformation producers and who disinformation and misinformation resonates with. Expanding what “counts” as disinformation demonstrates that disinformation is a primary media strategy that has been used in the U.S. to reproduce and reinforce white supremacy and hierarchies of power at the expense of populations that lack social, cultural, political, or economic power.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalHarvard Kennedy School Misinformation Review
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2021
Externally publishedYes


  • disinformation
  • education

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)


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