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.

4 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

  2. Ioana–
    Just saw your post on DML hub about the faculty search. Certainly looks interesting. That looks like a good job and you should get lots of strong applications. Nice to see how well you are doing since working with you at USC on the Participatory PD work. Rebecca Itow is working on her dissertation and all three of the teachers she and I trained are still working at Indiana University High School and still remixing participatory learning and assessment. It was cool to see them pivot to Google Docs on their own. The history teacher just won a nice award for her work. I hope our paths cross again in the future

    • Hi Dan! It’s so great to hear from you! What wonderful news all around! Please say hi to Rebecca too, and let me know if you’re ever in NYC. Would love to catch up!

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