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. 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, 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.

I’m currently a board member of the National Association of Media Literacy Education (NAMLE) and co-director of the Media & Social Change Lab (MASCLab) at Teachers College. At MASCLab, I’m working on the development of a research-based game about media literacy and fake news, LAMBOOZLED!, and related civic education initiatives.

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