I 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.
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 aiming to bridge the digital divide by introducing media literacy and filmmaking workshops in government schools in India. I have also taught filmmaking and social justice curricula to youth in the Dominican Republic, Romania, Uruguay and India.
You can reach me by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.