I 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?
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.