Alex is a postdoctoral scholar with the Connected Learning Research Network at UC Irvine’s Digital Media and Learning Hub. He received a Ph.D. in media studies from the Department of Radio-TV-Film at the University of Texas at Austin, where he researched how LGBTQ youth of color use Tumblr to express themselves and their political viewpoints. Alex’s research interests include how young people use social media and their relationship with issues of race, gender, and emotion. As a cultural anthropologist, his research method is qualitative, immersive, and ethnographic. He is the author or co-author of chapters in
Alicia Blum-Ross is a Research Officer in Media and Communications at the London School of Economics. An anthropologist by training, her current project, Parenting for a Digital Future, examines the diverse ways that parents approach the task of raising their children in a digital age. She is interested in how children and adults together find ways of learning, connecting and creating through and around digital media. She has previously researched participatory media production by ‘at risk’ youth and also works as an impact evaluator for film and digital media and learning programs. She blogs about parenting and digital
Ann-Kathrin Watolla is a project manager at Leuphana Digital School, an institution at Leuphana University that bundles all of the university’s online learning activities.
Benjamin Stokes will join the faculty of American University this fall, leading research on real-world games and civic learning. He is a co-founder of Games for Change, and is currently at the UC Berkeley School of Information as a postdoctoral scholar. Previously at the MacArthur Foundation, Benjamin was a program officer in their portfolio on Digital Media and Learning. Benjamin received his Ph.D. at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, with a focus on civic media and participatory design.
Carolina Rodeghiero is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Applied Linguistics at Universidade Católica de Pelotas (UCPel) in Brazil. Her research focuses on online social networks and education and trying to understand how to use online social media to learn. She’s a researcher for MIDIARS, which studies social network discourse analysis, and CoCTec, which focuses on computational thinking and social media learning. She joined the DML Research Hub at UC Irvine for four months in 2015, supporting postdoctoral researcher Crystle Martin on her research on Scratch communities.
Chris Evans is a researcher with Civic Engagement Research Group at Mills College, a member of the Youth Participatory Politics Survey Project (YPPSP) research team, a project of the Youth & Participatory Politics Research Network and an Oakland-based artist. She conducts qualitative research for the YPPSP, and manages quantitative data collection and conducts qualitative research for CERG’s Educating for Democracy in the Digital Age project. A particular research interest is in understanding what civic learning and digital media literacy learning opportunities activate young people’s imaginations toward solutions to the civic and political issues that matter most to them. Her arts practice centers around using performance to
Crystle is a Postdoctoral Researcher for the Digital Media and Learning Research Hub’s Connected Learning Research Network at the University of California’s Humanities Research Institute. She recently completed her PhD in the Digital Media program in Curriculum & Instruction at University of Wisconsin–Madison, studying with Professor Constance Steinkuehler. She is a member of the Games+Learning+Society (GLS) and past Co-Chair of the GLS Conference. Her research interests include: interest-driven and informal learning, literacy, collective intelligence, and online affinity spaces. Her dissertation, entitled “Information Literacy in Interest-Driven Learning Communities: Navigating the Sea of Information for an Online Affinity
Elisabeth (Lissa) Soep is Research Director and Senior Producer at Youth Radio, a national youth-driven production company in Oakland, CA. With a Ph.D. from Stanford, she researches and writes about youth discourse, learning, and digital media culture for academic journals, popular websites, and books including Drop that Knowledge (Soep & Chávez, UC Press) and Youthscapes (Maira & Soep, UPenn Press). The Youth Radio stories Lissa has produced for NPR have been recognized with honors including two Peabody Awards, three Murrow Awards, an Investigative Reporters and Editors Award, and the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award. With NSF
Erica Hodgin is the associate director of the Civic Engagement Research Group (CERG) at Mills College and the Research Director of the Educating for Participatory Politics project — an action group of the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Youth and Participatory Politics (YPP). She is also co-principal investigator with Joe Kahne of Educating for Democracy in the Digital Age – a district-wide civic education effort in partnership with Oakland Unified School District and the National Writing Project. Her current research focuses on the the educational implications of youth civic and political engagement in the digital age. She
Jeff Brazil is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist with deep expertise in marketing, strategic communications and media production. A former writer and editor with the Los Angeles Times, both digital and print, he has in-depth experience in content strategy, content development and digital communications. At the Digital Media & Learning Hub, located within the University of California’s systemwide Humanities Research Institute, he provides strategy, direction and leadership for all major communications, content and marketing programs and activities.
Jenna Burrell is an Associate Professor in the School of Information at UC Berkeley. Her first book Invisible Users: Youth in the Internet Cafes of Urban Ghana (MIT Press) came out in May 2012. She has a Ph.D. in sociology from the London School of Economics. Before pursuing her Ph.D., she was an application concept developer in the People and Practices Research Group at Intel Corporation. For over 10 years, she studied the appropriation of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) by individuals and groups on the African continent. Her most recent research considers populations that are
Jenna Ng is Anniversary Research Lecturer in Film and Interactive Media in the Department of Theatre, Film and Television at the University of York in the UK.
Joseph Kahne is chair of the Youth and Participatory Politics research network and is the John and Martha Davidson Professor of Education at Mills College. He was previously dean of the School of Education. His research focuses on ways school practices and new media influence youth civic and political development. He also studies urban school reform. His work has been published in leading education journals including the American Educational Research Journal, Phi Delta Kappan, and the Harvard Educational Review. Professor Kahne sits on the steering committee of the National Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools
Katie Salen is a game designer, Professor of Design and Technology, and Director of the Center for Transformative Media at Parsons the New School for Design. She is also the Executive Director of a non-profit called the Institute of Play that is focused on games and learning, as well as the founder and Executive Director of Design of Quest to Learn, a new 6-12th grade public school in New York City. The school uses a game-based learning model and supports students within an inquiry-based curriculum with questing to learn at its core. Katie is co-author
Kylie Peppler is assistant professor of learning sciences and director of the Creativity Labs at Indiana University, Bloomington.
Mariam Haydeyan is a researcher and manager of online learning environments at the Digital School at Leuphana University, Germany.
Matt Rafalow is a doctoral candidate in sociology at UC Irvine with research interests in education and technology. He has published on technology use in schools and digital youth culture, and is co-authoring a book on learning online from work with the Connected Learning Research Network, a MacArthur Foundation-funded research initiative. Prior to graduate work in Irvine, he received his master’s in education from Columbia University Teachers College. Website: mattrafalow.org
Richard Culatta is the Director of the Office of Educational Technology for the US Department of Education.
A Czech/Nepalese dancer and media scholar, Sangita focuses on the intersections between technology and dance as they relate to questions of cultural continuity and globalization. She studied Bharata Natyam, Charya Nritya (Nepalese Dance), Kalaripayat (South Indian martial art) and contemporary dance techniques alongside her professional training at the LSE and MIT where she received the Council for the Arts Wiesner award for her work in dance and new media. Sangita belonged to the Boston-based Lasandhi Dance Theater, a dance group focused on addressing South Asian women’s issues, and was a guest choreographer for the Constanza Macras/DorkyPark production “Big in Bombay”, supported by
Sheryl Grant is Director of Social Networking for the HASTAC/MacArthur Foundation Digital Media and Learning Competition and a doctoral student at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill’s School of Information and Library Science where she is studying value-driven design, badge system design, technology-mediated social participation, and reputation systems. She is Director of Badge Research at HASTAC and is serving as Research Chair for the Badge Alliance Research Working Group.
Sonia Livingstone is a full professor in the Department of Media and Communications at the London School of Economics and Political Science. She teaches master’s courses in media and communications theory, methods, and audiences and supervises doctoral students researching questions of audiences, publics and youth in the changing digital media landscape. She is author or editor of 19 books and many academic articles and chapters. She has been visiting professor at the universities of Bergen, Copenhagen, Harvard, Illinois, Milan, Oslo, Paris II, and Stockholm, and is on the editorial board of several leading journals. She is
Thomas M. Philip, is an assistant professor in the Graduate School of Education & Information Studies at UCLA and a former teacher in the Los Angeles Unified School District.