Sangita Shrestova & Henry Jenkins

About Sangita Shrestova & Henry Jenkins

Henry Jenkins was the founder and co-director of the MIT Program in Comparative Media Studies and now serves as the Provost's Professor of Communication, Journalism, Cinematic Arts, and Education at the University of Southern California. He has published seventeen books on various aspects of new media, popular culture, and public life, starting with Textual Poachers: Television Fans and Participatory Culture in 1992. His most recent books have included Reading in a Participatory Culture: Remixing Moby-Dick in the Literature Classroom; Spreadable Media: Creating Meaning and Value in a Networked Culture; and the forthcoming By Any Media Necessary: Mapping Youth and Participatory Politics. In addition to his academic publishing, Henry blogs regularly at He serves on the Jury of the Peabody Awards, as chief advisor to the Annenberg Innovation Lab, as a member of the MacArthur Foundation's Youth and Participatory Politics Network, and on the advisory board for Disney Jr.

Sangita Shresthova is the Director of the MacArthur funded Henry Jenkins’ Media, Activism & Participatory Politics (MAPP) project based at the University of Southern California. MAPP focuses on civic participation in the digital age and includes research, educator outreach, and partnerships with community groups and media organizations, and companies. Sangita's own scholarly work focuses on the intersections among popular culture, performance, new media, politics, and globalization. She holds a Ph.D. from UCLA’s Department of World Arts and Cultures and MSc. degrees from MIT and LSE. Her book on Bollywood dance and globalization (Is It All About Hips?) was published by SAGE Publications in 2011. Drawing on her background in Indian dance and new media, she is also the founder of Bollynatyam’s Global Bollywood Dance Project. Her more recent research has focused on issues of storytelling and surveillance among American Muslim youth and the achievements and challenges faced by Invisible Children pre-and-post Kony2012. She is also one of the authors on By Any Media Necessary: The New Activism of Youth, a forthcoming book that will be published by NYU Press.

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From Voice to Influence: An Introduction

JODML-article-icon-purple-35The articles in this edition examine how in- and out-of-school experiences can help young people learn to use their voices to influence social change. We see these concerns as central to what it means to foster digital citizenship and media literacy in the twenty-first century.

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