Alan Levine

A pioneer on the web in the 1990s and an early proponent of blogs and RSS, Alan Levine shares his ideas and discoveries at CogDogBlog. Among his recent interests are new forms of web storytelling (including 50+ Web 2.0 Ways To Tell a Story, pechaflickr, and the StoryBox), as well as leading and teaching the open digital storytelling class, ds106. He consults with higher educational institutions on digital technologies and the affordances of the open web, working with a variety of institutions and organizations such as Virginia Commonwealth University, Universidad del Sagrado Corazón, The Open University, Digital

Alexander Cho

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

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

Amber Tierney

Amber Tierney earned her Ph.D. at the University of California, Irvine. She is currently an assistant professor at Hartwick College. Her research interests include social movements/social justice, media/technology, immigration, race/ethnicity, public sociology, and indigenous studies (

Ann-Kathrin Watolla

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 Bowyer

Benjamin Bowyer is a senior researcher at the Civic Engagement Research Group at the University of California, Riverside. He studies the effects of social context on political attitudes and behavior.

Benjamin Stokes

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

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.

Christina Evans

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 Martin

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

Daniela Kruel DiGiacomo

Daniela Kruel DiGiacomo is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of California Riverside’s Graduate School of Education, and a member of the Civic Engagement Research Group. Daniela received her Ph.D. in learning sciences and human development from the University of Colorado, Boulder. As a community- and design-based researcher, Daniela’s work investigates how to design for more equitable teaching and learning relationships between adults and young people across various lines of difference. Prior to pursuing her Ph.D., Daniela worked in secondary teaching, school administration, political asylum advocacy, and social work in the Bay Area. She holds a

Elisabeth (Lissa) Soep

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

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

Jason A. Engerman

Jason A. Engerman has a Ph.D. in learning, design and technologies from The Pennsylvania State University. He was the Charles M. Reigeluth emerging researcher for 2017 from the Association for Educational Communication and Technology (AECT) as well as the Presidential Emerging Leader 2016. His research investigates underrepresented populations and their sociocultural uses of interactive digital media (such as video games) within their native learning ecologies. This space often resides at the intersection of sports, digital media technologies and entertainment. In particular, Dr. Engerman is interested in how learners use indigenous knowledge to impact authentic learning within and around

Jean E. Rhodes

Jean E. Rhodes is the Frank L. Boyden Professor of Psychology and the Director of the Center for Evidence-Based Mentoring at the University of Massachusetts Boston. She has devoted her career to understanding and advancing the role of intergenerational relationships in the intellectual, social, educational, and career development of youth. She has published three books, four edited volumes, and more than 100 chapters and peer-reviewed articles on topics related to positive youth development, the transition to adulthood, and mentoring. Rhodes is a Fellow in the American Psychological Association and the Society for Research and Community Action, and

Jeff Brazil

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

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

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

Joseph Kahne is the Ted and Jo Dutton Presidential Professor of Education Policy and Politics at the University of California, Riverside. He studies the ways school practices and youth engagement with digital media influence the quality and equality of youth civic and political engagement. Kahne sits on the steering committee of the National Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools and is an advisor to many civically oriented school reform efforts.

Katie Salen

  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

Kylie Peppler is assistant professor of learning sciences and director of the Creativity Labs at Indiana University, Bloomington.

Leslie Atkins Elliott

Leslie Atkins Elliott is an associate professor of Curriculum, Instruction and Foundational Studies, specializing in science education at Boise State University.

Lindsey “Luka” Carfagna

Lindsey “Luka” Carfagna is a doctoral candidate in the Sociology Department at Boston College and holds an M.A. in the social sciences from the University of Chicago. Luka works as a research assistant for Juliet Schor as part of the MacArthur Foundation’s Connected Learning Research Network and is currently writing her dissertation on open learning in the post-recession economy. While she currently resides on an Air Force Base in New Jersey, Luka can usually be found lurking where connected communities meet economic, educational, and ecological challenges.

Mariam Haydeyan

Mariam Haydeyan is a researcher and manager of online learning environments at the Digital School at Leuphana University, Germany.

Matt Rafalow

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:

Richard Culatta

Richard Culatta is the Director of the Office of Educational Technology for the US Department of Education.

Richard F. Otto

Richard F. Otto is the chair of the Digital Media Technologies at East Stroudsburg University. He has a Ph.D. from the University of Memphis, TN. During his tenure as chair of the department, he has upgraded the curriculum, technology and facilities used by DMET students, including building a recording studio, a state-of-the-art multimedia classroom, and procuring and researching the integration of industry standard equipment and computing power throughout the program. His teaching is focused on video and field production. His area of research is virtual gaming communities and the nature of multiple player games, and trying

Sangita Shresthova

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

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

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

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.

Tricia Monticello Kievlan

Tricia Monticello Kievlan is a program associate on the community building team at The Sprout Fund. Before joining Sprout in 2015, Tricia spent nearly a decade in schools as a teacher and administrator, and she continues to teach writing to high school students through a summer college admissions essay workshop. She also has served as an expert ed tech reviewer for Common Sense Media since 2013, where she reviews apps, websites, and games for parents and teachers.