Joseph Kahne

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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 and on the Advisory Board of the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE). With Cathy Cohen, he is Co-Principal Investigator on YPP’s quantitative research component – Mapping Youth Participatory Politics.


Blogs (2)


New Media’s Role in Participatory Politics

Monday, April 14, 2014

2 female students interviewing a student on camera Social network sites, websites and text increasingly serve as a conduit for political information and a major public arena where citizens express and exchange their political ideas, raise funds and mobilize others to vote, protest and work on public issues. In “Youth, New Media, and the Rise of Participatory Politics,” a working paper authored by me, my Mills College colleague Ellen Middaugh, and Danielle Allen, of the Institute for Advanced Study, we address how the ascendency of today’s new media may be introducing fundamental changes in political expectations and practices. This work grows out of the


Is the Virtual World Good for the ‘Real’ One?

Thursday, March 10, 2011

person sitting on the ground using flip phone In a cartoon depicting the evolution of Good Samaritanism in the digital age, a man walks by a homeless person lying on the street and does nothing. In the next frame, he is at his computer — “What’s this?!! Sally needs a bag of fertilizer for her Farmville farm? I better get right on it!” Many are struck by the amount of time some people spend in online communities — and concerns have been raised that our attention to virtual communities may be distracting us from the tangible needs of those around us. Frankly, when it