Hi. I’m Ioana.

TC-Portrait---HeadshotI am an Assistant Professor in the Communication, Media and Learning Technologies Design program at Teachers College, Columbia University.

My research examines participatory practices of collective creativity, as mediated by digital technologies. Although my work is rooted in communication and media studies, I take an interdisciplinary approach to studying digital participation. Accordingly, my research so far includes explorations of participatory practices across a variety of domains: I have published, for instance, on participatory online art, participatory learning, participatory innovation, and participatory research methods. Investigating participatory practices across these socio-cultural spheres, my main interest lies in the stakes of participation. Therefore, agency and empowerment – be it social, creative, civic or educational empowerment – represent core aspects of my engagement with participatory cultures.

A proud Romanian from the city of Timisoara, I graduated summa cum laudae from Middlebury College, with Highest Honors in Film and Media Culture. My belief in the importance of media literacy, coupled with the joy I find in teaching, has led me to become deeply involved in the field of education, teaching filmmaking and social justice curricula to children in the Dominican Republic, Romania, Uruguay and India. Before starting my academic career, I worked as the field coordinator of The Modern Story digital storytelling program, a grassroots project aiming to bridge the digital divide by introducing media literacy and filmmaking workshops in government schools in India. I completed my PhD at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Southern California, where my mentor was the wonderful Henry Jenkins.

2 thoughts on “Hi. I’m Ioana.

  1. Hi, Ioana.
    Greetings from the Rohatyn Center and Middlebury!! How are you?? Your profile popped up on my LinkedIn, so I wanted to drop you a note. All’s well here, and spring’s on the way. If you’re ever in the area, please let me know as I’d love to get together.
    Best, Charlotte

    • Dear Charlotte,
      It is so great to hear from you! I often think about my time at the Rohatyn Center and how it really kindled my passion for research… I would love to get together sometime soon! I will be much closer to VT starting this summer, as I’ve accepted a tenure-track assistant professor job at Teachers College, Columbia University. So do let me know if you are ever in NYC. (Actually, my very first trip to NY was with you, meeting Amb. Rohatyn! I will always remember it so fondly!) Looking forward to staying in touch! All the best, Ioana

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