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 online cultures, with a particular focus on youth creative and civic participation. In theorizing the nature of digital participation across socio-cultural spheres, my principal interest lies in the stakes involved. Therefore, agency and empowerment – be it social, creative, civic or educational empowerment – represent core aspects of my scholarly engagement with participatory cultures. Key questions driving my research agenda are: What is the role of new media technologies in young people’s lives? How do young people express themselves – creatively, socially, politically – in online spaces? And, how does online participation enable new forms of creativity, collaboration and learning?

I completed my PhD at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Southern California, where my mentor was the wonderful Henry Jenkins.

My professional background is in media education and digital storytelling. Before starting my academic career, I worked as the field coordinator of The Modern Story digital storytelling program, a grassroots project that facilitates media literacy and filmmaking workshops in Indian public schools. I have also taught filmmaking and social justice curricula to youth in the Dominican Republic, Romania, Uruguay and India.

I’m currently a board member of the National Association of Media Literacy Education (NAMLE).

You can reach me by email at literat@tc.columbia.edu.