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 creative participation in online contexts. Although my work is rooted in communication and media studies, I take an interdisciplinary approach to studying digital participation. Accordingly, my research so far has included 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 online participation. Therefore, agency and empowerment – be it social, creative, civic or educational empowerment – represent core aspects of my engagement with participatory cultures.

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 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 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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