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 the books Networked Affect (MIT Press 2015) and Inequity in the Technopolis (University of Texas Press 2012), and his essays have appeared in GLQ, FlowTV, and Ethnography Matters.
Thursday, February 16, 2017
As part of the Leveling Up: Parenting study, a project of the Connected Learning Research Network at the DML Research Hub, I and my fellow researchers wondered: How can we help interest-driven after-school programs better engage with parents? Though we had spent a lot of time in these spaces interviewing and observing students and their families, we realized we hadn’t systematically talked to the educators and administrators in these spaces to get their perspective on what works and what doesn’t. We’ve just finished interviewing educators and administrators at a dozen interest-based after-school enrichment programs in Orange