Cecilia Ackerman received an M.A. in Social Science from the University of Chicago and a B.A. in Anthropology and Studio Art from the University of Vermont. Her research interests include interdisciplinary education, visual studies, and the history of science and technology. She has worked with youth in service-learning programs at NGOs in Mexico and Peru, and in museum education programs for South Side Chicago public schools.
Richard Arum is a professor in the Department of Sociology at New York University, with a joint appointment in the Steinhardt School of Education, as well as Interim Director of the Institute for Human Development and Social Change. He is also Director of the Education Research Program of the Social Science Research Council, where he oversaw the development of the Research Alliance for New York City Schools, a research consortium designed to conduct ongoing evaluation of the New York City public schools. He is coauthor of Academically Adrift: Limited Learning on College Campuses (University of Chicago Press, 2011), the author of Judging School Discipline: The Crisis of Moral Authority in American Schools (Harvard University Press, 2003), and co-editor of comparative studies on: expansion, differentiation and access to higher education in fifteen countries, Stratification in Higher Education: A Comparative Study (Stanford University Press, 2007); school discipline, Improving Learning Environments: School Discipline and Student Achievement in Comparative Perspective (Stanford University Press, 2012); and self-employment, The Reemergence of Self-Employment: A Comparative Study of Self-Employment Dynamics and Social Inequality (Princeton, 2004). Arum received a Masters of Education in Teaching and Curriculum from Harvard University, and a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of California, Berkeley.
Teresa Basilio is co-director of the Global Action Project, which works with young people most affected by injustice to build the knowledge, tools, and relationships needed to create media for community power, cultural expression, and political change. She holds a master’s degree in international and transcultural studies from Teachers College of Columbia University.
Kaitlin Barnes is a 2012 graduate of the Communication Management Masters program at Emerson College with more than five years of professional experience in communication, community outreach, and partnership development. She currently works at Boston University, managing communications and developing international partnerships for the Metropolitan College International division. While at Emerson, Kaitlin served as the Project Coordinator for the RediscoveRosarito Project, an image restoration campaign for the City of Rosarito, Mexico. She continues to serve as a project consultant for the Emerson Literacy Education & Empowerment Project (eLEEP), assisting the summer media literacy program component and contributing to additional research efforts supporting the work of eLEEP. She will start her Masters of Business Administration in the Fall 2014 at Boston University.
Alicia Blum-Ross is a Research Officer in Media and Communications at the London School of Economics. An anthropologist by training, her current project, Parenting for a Digital Future, examines the diverse ways that parents approach the task of raising their children in a digital age. She is interested in how children and adults together find ways of learning, connecting and creating through and around digital media. She has previously researched participatory media production by ‘at risk’ youth and also works as an impact evaluator for film and digital media and learning programs. She blogs about parenting and digital media research at parenting.digital. Twitter: @aliciablumross
Erin Bradley is the Project Manager for NYU’s Connecting Youth: Digital Learning Research Project. Prior to her work on the Connecting Youth team, she worked as a research assistant on the Consortium on Chicago School Research’s YOUmedia project. Erin received a B.A. in History and Hispanic Studies from Illinois Wesleyan University, and an M.A. in Social Service Administration from the University of Chicago.
Jackie Cameron is a doctoral student of journalism and electronic media in the College of Communication and Information at the University of Tennessee. Her research investigates the use and understanding of data visualizations in mass media, the effects of dual consumption of television and social media on attitudes and behavior, and the study of reality television in relation to social values. She has a Master’s degree in psychology and professional research experience in higher education outcomes.
Alexis Carreiro is an Assistant Professor at Queens University of Charlotte. During her first year at Queens, she created a Digital Citizenship program as a way to help students see how to use digital technology in meaningful ways that positively impact the communities in which they work and live. Her research and teaching examines the power, politics, and production of media and technology. Her publication “Rollergirls: Superhero Rhetoric in Post-Feminist Television” critiques the “girl-power” concept as forms of feminist empowerment because it conflates superficial, post-feminist aesthetics with real feminist politics. She teaches students how media texts are constructed for political and ideological purposes as a way to inspire students to create their own stories—and solve—real social problems. Her professional experience includes event production (the Grammy Awards, New York City), corporate video production (various, Boston), and media literacy grant research and implementation (Austin, Texas). She also co-directed and edited a short documentary about media literacy education. The documentary (Generation Digital) screened at film festivals in 2004 and 2008 and can be seen here as part of the “Dispatches from the Literacy Wars” project (2012).
Carolyn Cocca is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Politics, Economics, and Law at the State University of New York, College at Old Westbury. Her courses are geared toward developing students’ political literacy and sense of efficacy to organize for social change and social justice. She directed a $200,000 grant from the Department of Justice to combat dating violence and sexual assault on college campuses, and is the author of Jailbait: The Politics of Statutory Rape Laws in the United States. Her current research focuses on the educational inequities wrought by economic, political, and social inequalities, and employing pedagogical approaches that empower young people to push for more equal opportunities.
Stephen Coleman is Professor of Political Communication and Co-director of the Centre for Digital Citizenship at the Institute of Communications Studies at the University of Leeds. He is also Honorary Professor of Political Science at the University of Copenhagen and Research Associate at the Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford. Coleman’s most recent publications include Connecting Democracy: Online Consultation and the Flow of Political Communication (with Peter M. Shane, 2011), The Media and the Public: ‘Them’ and ‘Us’ in Media Discourse (with Karen Ross, 2009) and The Internet and Democratic Citizenship: Theory, Practice and Policy (with Jay G. Blumler, 2009) – winner of the American Political Science Association award for best book of the year on politics and information technology. He has served as a specialist adviser to the House of Commons Information Select Committee inquiry on ICT and public participation in Parliament, as a member of the Puttnam Commission on parliamentary communication with the public and as Chair of the Electoral Reform Society’s Independent Commission on Alternative Voting Methods.
Sasha Costanza-Chock is a scholar and media maker who works in the interrelated areas of social movements and information and communication technologies; participatory technology design and community based participatory research; and the transnational movement for media justice and communication rights, including comunicación populár. He holds a Ph.D. from the Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism at the University of Southern California, where he was a Postdoctoral Research Associate. He is also a Fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University. While living in Los Angeles, he worked on a variety of civic media projects with community-based organizations, including the award-winning VozMob.net platform. More information about Sasha’s work can be found at schock.cc.
Angela Cooke-Jackson is a health communication behavioral science specialist who uses intercultural communication to address health disparities among disparate and underserved populations. She is an Assistant Professor of Health and Intercultural Communication in the Communication Studies Department at Emerson College. She has received grant funding to engage high-risk youth from local Boston communities in the creation of age specific digital health vignettes and health manuals. Youth developed vignettes focus on healthy lifestyle behaviors like dating relationships, sexual health, and healthy communities. She collaborates with the Boston Public Health Commission, the Family Van, and the Brigham Women’s Hospital. She uses an interdisciplinary approach to investigate the intersections of health communication, behavior change, and the implications of social media for high-risk communities. Her current publications include articles in Communication Teacher, Journal of Human Sexuality, Journal of Intercultural Communication Research and Qualitative Research Reports in Communication.
Corinne Dalelio is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication, Languages and Cultures at Coastal Carolina University. Her research investigations focus on digital media and online communication, and her dissertation presented the development of a method for mapping and visualizing online discussion board interactions. She enjoys teaching classes on topics related to interactive media and media literacy. Dr. Dalelio has eight years of professional experience in digital web design and marketing, and she also served as a graduate assistant at Rutgers Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences, where she was involved in the development and design of several innovative and collaborative online education and outreach efforts.
Amber Davisson is a Lecturer in the School of Communication at DePaul University in Chicago, IL. She teaches the core courses in the department’s Digital Communication Masters Program, which emphasizes the study of theory from media and cultural studies as a means of developing practical approaches to digital communications technologies. Her recent book, Lady Gaga and the Remaking of Celebrity Culture, explores the pop star’s use convergence culture to develop a rich, multi-dimensional relationship with her fans. Davisson has also published work on the use of digital technology during presidential campaigns. In both her research and her teaching, Davisson is interested in the lessons that ordinary citizens can learn from the way that public figures strategically adopt and use communications technologies.
Erica Deahl is a visual and UX design specialist at 18F, an organization in the General Services Administration that uses agile development and user-centered design to build better digital services for federal agencies. She recently finished an M.S. at MIT, where she researched the use of digital media in K-12 public education to support technological literacies and promote civic engagement. Previously she was a senior designer at 2×4 in New York City, where she designed and managed interactive projects for cultural sector clients.
Vanessa Domine is an Associate Professor of educational technology in one of the nation’s top teacher education programs at Montclair State University (New Jersey, USA) where she works shoulder to shoulder with teachers in a school-university partnership that spans across 30 school districts. Dr. Domine is also the Vice President of the National Association for Media Literacy Education (NAMLE) and co-editor of the Journal for Media Literacy Education (JMLE). Her latest book Rethinking Technology in Schools explores the educational potential of technology as more than just technical proficiency but as an opportunity for cultural transformation through democratic practices. As founder and executive director of Project Literacy Among Youth (PLAY), Dr. Domine guides educators to educational renewal through media literacy education, technology planning, curriculum integration and social networking.
Yomna Elsayed is a doctoral student of communication at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, interested in the dynamics of social change, and cultural resistance in Egypt and post Arab-Spring countries. Through her research, she seeks to examine alternative means and modalities of political expression at a time of social conflict and uncertainty. Prior to joining Annenberg, she received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Computer Science from the American University in Cairo, Egypt, with a minor in English and Comparative literature. Through her research, she asks how we can think differently about concepts such as democracy, civil society, resistance, cultural politics, and participatory politics, primarily conceived and advanced in Western democracies, in non-Western, non-democratic contexts.
Andrew Garrison is an independent filmmaker based in Austin, where he is an Associate Professor of Film and Digital Media Production at The University of Texas at Austin. Garrison works in both documentary and fiction. Garrison’s work has earned him Guggenheim, Rockefeller, NEA and AFI Fellowships, and his films have screened at Sundance, SXSW, Berlin International Film Festival, Locarno Film Festival, Sydney Film Festival, BFI London Film Festival and the New York Film Festival.
Nick Geidner is an assistant professor of journalism in the School of Journalism and Electronic Media at the University of Tennessee. His research focuses on how changes in journalism affect the ways in which individuals select, use and make sense of news. Geidner is interested in all aspects of the changing media landscape, but has focused on social media, interactive graphics/data visualization and news monetization. Geidner is also director of the Medal of Honor Project, an undergraduate service-learning project at the University of Tennessee. Before joining the faculty at UT, Geidner earned a Ph.D. in mass communication from the Ohio State University (2011), a M.A. in telecommunications from Ball State University (2007), and a B.A. from Youngstown State University (2005).
Cindy Gibbon is the Access and Information Services Director for Multnomah County Library and a founding member of the Portland/Multnomah County Digital Inclusion Network. She has been advocating for digital inclusion since 1994, when Multnomah County Library began planning some of the first public libraries in the US to offer public access computing.
Steven Goodman is the founding executive director of the Educational Video Center (www.evc.org), an internationally acclaimed leader in youth media practiced in both school and community settings since 1984. Trained as a journalist at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, he has taught in New York City alternative high schools, and media education courses for teachers and undergraduate students at NYU; University of London, Institute of Education; Ohio University/Ohio SchoolNet; and other universities. Author of Teaching Youth Media: A Critical Guide to Literacy, Video Production and Social Change (Teachers College Press), Goodman has spoken and written extensively on youth media, education reform, and civic engagement for numerous publications.
Eric Gordon is a researcher and game designer who investigates how games and social media can enhance civic learning and local engagement. He is a fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society and the director of the Engagement Game Lab at Emerson College, where he is an associate professor. He is the co-author (with Adriana de Souza e Silva) of the book Net Locality: Why Location Matters in a Networked World (2011) and the author of the Urban Spectator: American Concept-cities from Kodak to Google (2010).
His game Participatory Chinatown was designed to engage people in Boston’s Chinatown in the city¹s master planning process. It was named “best direct impact” game in 2011 by the organization Games for Change. More recently, his game Community PlanIt, which is a mission-based game platform for local community planning, has been played in Boston to inform policy in the Boston Public Schools and in Detroit to inform the city’s master plan. It will be expanded to Philadelphia and other cities in 2013.
Daniel T. Gruner
Daniel T. Gruner is a Ph.D. candidate in Psychology with a concentration in Positive Developmental Psychology at Claremont Graduate University. He is a research associate in the Quality of Life Research Center at Claremont, and research assistant at Harvard Project Zero. Daniel’s research applies systematic phenomenology to synthesize two overarching themes. The first falls at the intersection of morality, ethics, and the broader sociopolitical institutions that shape daily human experience, and the second explores how individual interests, strengths, and abilities are cultivated among contemporary youth.
Rondella Hawkins is Officer of Telecommunications and Regulatory Affairs with the City of Austin. She has more than twenty-five years’ experience in local government. Her office has direct responsibility over utility rights-of-way franchise agreements and license agreements with telecommunications and wireless providers, and she serves as the City’s single point of contact for the Google Fiber and AT&T Fiber projects. She is responsible for implementing the City’s Digital Inclusion Strategic Plan, ensuring that all Austin residents have the information technology capacity needed for civic and cultural participation, employment, and access to essential services.
Mary Beth Henry
Mary Beth Henry is Director, Office of Community Technology, City of Portland, Oregon. Henry has served the City of Portland for more than thirty-one years, most recently as director of the Office for Community Technology and staff director for the Mt. Hood Cable Regulatory Commission. She developed and implemented Portland’s Broadband Strategic Plan, which recognizes broadband Internet as an essential service. She also works on legislative and policy issues related to broadband communications, maintaining local authority, and digital inclusion. Henry, a past president of the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors (www.natoa.org), attended undergraduate school at St. Michael’s College and graduate school at the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs.
Andrea Hickerson is an Assistant Professor of Journalism in the Department of Communication at the Rochester Institute of Technology. Dr. Hickerson conducts research on journalism routines and political communication, specifically as they relate to immigrant and transnational communities. Her work has appeared in journals such as Global Networks, Communication Theory, and Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly. She is the recipient of two major grants from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation to fund projects related to innovation in journalism education. Dr. Hickerson has a B.A. in Journalism and International Relations from Syracuse University; a M.A. in Journalism and an M.A. in Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Texas at Austin; and a Ph.D. in Communication from the University of Washington. She joined the RIT faculty in 2009, when the journalism degree program officially launched. She writes The Fair-Weather Runner blog for The Democrat and Chronicle in Rochester, New York.
Erica Hodgin is the Associate Director of the Civic Engagement Research Group (CERG) at Mills College and the Research Director of the Educating for Participatory Politics project — an action group of the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Youth and Participatory Politics (YPP). She is also Co-Principal Investigator with Joe Kahne of Educating for Democracy in the Digital Age – a district-wide civic education effort in partnership with Oakland Unified School District and the National Writing Project. Her current research focuses on the the educational implications of youth civic and political engagement in the digital age. She has authored articles in Theory and Research in Social Education and the Journal of Digital and Media Literacy, as well as book chapters in Digital Equity and Educational Opportunity and #youthaction: Becoming Political in the Digital Age.
Erica received her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from Mills College and completed her dissertation on the ways cultural humility can enable teachers to build effective relationships with students across racial and cultural differences. Before joining CERG, Erica taught English and Social Studies and served as an instructional coach at the middle school and high school level. She also coordinated educational programs in several non-profit organizations in California and Maharastra, India.
Mary Ann Hogan
Mary Ann Hogan, MFA, is an adjunct professor of English at Palm Beach State College, Boca Raton, FL, where she teaches Rhetoric & Composition. Before PBSC, she taught Rhet-Comp at Florida Atlantic University. Before that, Mary Ann was a veteran journalist, publishing news and feature articles nationally in venues from The Los Angeles Times to The New York Times to Mother Jones. She was the primary writer for the history wall at the original Newseum, the world’s first interactive museum of news. She was chief writer on the book. Crusaders, Scoundrels, Journalists, (Times Books, 1999). She spent 15 years training journalists from high school students, to college interns, to veteran reporters and editors. She is known for her dedication to diversity and digital literacy.
Carrie James is a Principal Investigator at Harvard’s Project Zero and a Lecturer on Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Her research explores young people’s digital, moral, and civic lives. With Howard Gardner, Carrie co-directs the Good Participation project, a study of how youth “do civics” in the digital age. Carrie is also co-director of Out of Eden Learn, a cross-cultural online community for youth and educational companion to Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Paul Salopek’s epic Out of Eden walk. Her publications include Disconnected: Youth, New Media, and the Ethics Gap (The MIT Press, 2014). Carrie has an M.A. and a Ph.D. in Sociology from New York University.
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 henryjenkins.org. 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.
Linda Graham Jones
Linda Graham Jones is Digital Inclusion Program Director, City of Raleigh, NC. In addition to managing the Raleigh Digital Connectors program, Jones builds community collaborations with non-profits, businesses, and other organizations to expand youth and community technology programming needs. She holds a BS in business management with a concentration in marketing and a minor in communication studies from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
Kiley Larson joined New York University’s Digital Media and Learning Research Hub as a Postdoctoral Researcher in 2011. Broadly, her research examines the ways in which people attach meanings to the use of technologies and how those meanings are connected to their socio-historical contexts. Most recently, Kiley has studied the communicative practices of young adults in a university setting as they negotiated the use of new technologies in forming and maintaining romantic and/or sexual relationships. She has also examined how rural Kansans developed understandings of internet use in their everyday lives and how those understandings related to larger (sub)urban/rural inequalities in internet-based technology use.
Ashley Lee is a doctoral candidate at Harvard Graduate School of Education. Her current research focuses on the dynamics of youth online political discourses, self-expression and meaning-making in different political and social contexts. Her research interests include computer-mediated communication and learning, self-construction and social networks, information ethics, and human-computer interaction. She holds a B.S. in computer science from Stanford University’s School of Engineering.
Diana Lee is a doctoral candidate at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism who researches the creation and circulation of mediated counter-narratives in response to racial microaggressions. Through multimedia visual culture and storytelling resistance practices, she explores how these networked participatory cultures aim to collectively process, speak back to, or educate about these everyday manifestations of racism and their layered, cumulative effects. She is particularly interested in the potential healing and empowering impact of participating in these resistance practices for those who frequently navigate microaggressions in their everyday lives, and how these kinds of engagement can be utilized and fostered for education in other contexts of learning.
Diana has worked on several mixed-methods research projects in education, psychology, mental health, immigration, youth culture, media literacy, and communication. Before doctoral studies, she worked in education research and evaluation with the Harvard Family Research Project (HFRP) and the National Writing Project (NWP), and in after school programming and development at Oakland Asian Students Educational Services (OASES).
Diana holds a B.A. in Sociology from University of California, Berkeley, an Ed.M. in Learning and Teaching from Harvard Graduate School of Education, and a M.A. in Media, Culture, and Communication from New York University.
Neta Kligler-Vilenchik is Assistant Professor of Communication and Journalism at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Her work focuses on civic and political engagement in the context of the changing media environment, especially among young people. For several years, she was a member of the Media, Activism & Participatory Politics (MAPP) project, based at the University of Southern California (USC). Her Ph.D. (USC, 2015) examined intersections between popular culture, and civic engagement, and the concept of alternative citizenship models. Neta has published work in leading communication journals, including New Media & Society, International Journal of Communication, Social Media + Society, and Computers in Human Behavior. She is an author on the book “By Any Media Necessary: The New Youth Activism,” published by NYU Press.
Carly A. Kocurek
Carly A. Kocurek is Assistant Professor of Digital Humanities and Media Studies and Director of Digital Humanities at the Illinois Institute of Technology. Her work focuses on the history and culture of video gaming and has been published in outlets including Game Studies, The Journal of Gaming and Virtual Worlds, Reconstruction, Flow, In Media Res, and The New Everyday, and in anthologies including Before the Crash (Wayne State University Press, 2012), Gaming Globally (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012), The Routledge Companion to Video Game Studies (Routledge, 2014), and Computer Games and Technical Communication (Ashgate, 2014). She is also co-editor, with Jennifer deWinter, of the Bloomsbury series Influential Game Designers. Her book, a cultural history of the early video game arcade in the United States, titled Coin-Operated Americans: Rebooting Boyhood at the Video Game Arcade, is forthcoming from University of Minnesota Press, and her 2014 game, Choice: Texas (www.playchoicetexas.com), co-developed with Allyson Whipple, is an interactive fiction game examining reproductive healthcare access in the state of Texas.
Vivian Lim is a research assistant at CUNY. She is a doctoral candidate at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education with an interest in the role of mathematics curriculum in the civic engagement and development of youth. Vivian formerly worked as a high school mathematics teacher in Brooklyn, NY.
Sonia Livingstone is a professor in the Department of Media and Communications at the London School of Economics. Sonia researches the opportunities and risks for children and young people afforded by digital and online technologies, focusing on media literacy, social mediations, and children’s rights in the digital age. Her new book is The Class: living and learning in the digital age (2016, with Julian Sefton-Green). A fellow of the British Psychological Society, Royal Society for the Arts, and fellow and past President of the International Communication Association, she leads the projects Global Kids Online, Preparing for a Digital Future and EU Kids Online.
Puck Lo writes and makes films about political struggles, diaspora, intersections of race, gender, class — and all things hidden in plain sight. Puck has published work in Al Jazeera America and The Nation, and was a staff producer for two nationally syndicated radio shows. She co-founded the Social Movements Oral History Tour, which recorded the testimonies and reflections of migrant, labor and queer organizers across North America. Puck finished a master’s degree at the University of California at Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism, and is pursuing an MFA in documentary film at Stanford University.
Andres Lombana-Bermudez is a researcher and designer working at the intersection of digital technology, youth, equity, and learning. Andres holds a Ph.D. in Media Studies from UT-Austin, an M.Sc. in Comparative Media Studies from MIT, and bachelor’s degrees in Political Science and Literature from Universidad de los Andes in Bogota, Colombia. He is a a fellow at Harvard University’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society, a Research Associate with the Connected Learning Research Network, and a member of the Aprendiendo Juntos Council.
Alexandra Margolin is the Program Specialist of the Media Activism & Participatory Politics (MAPP) project at USC and comes from a background in Ethnic Studies, non-profit organizing, and grassroots media production. Prior to joining the MAPP team, Alex served as the Community Engagement Coordinator at the Intercollegiate Department of Asian American Studies (IDAAS) at the Claremont Colleges- working to engage students, staff, and faculty in community-based learning. This ranged from advising student research projects to teaching a field-based course partnering Claremont students with individuals studying for the US Citizenship Exam. She received her B.A. in history from Pitzer College and an M.A. in Asian American Studies from UCLA. Her interests include: social constructions of multiraciality through foodways, social justice learning, and youth empowerment through the arts.
John A. McArthur
John A. McArthur is an associate professor in the James L. Knight School of Communication at Queens University of Charlotte. His research focuses on proxemics (the use of space) and information design with a particular interest in the ways that digital technology influences our interactions with spaces. His studies have applied information design theories to examine both built and digital spaces – urban settings, chat rooms, memorials, public art, classroom designs, and campus architecture. Dr. McArthur has directed the undergraduate program in the James L. Knight School of Communication and was instrumental in developing the $5.75 million grant awarded to the school by the John S. & James L. Knight Foundation in 2010 to promote digital and media literacy in the city of Charlotte.
Meghan McDermott has been a supporter of young people’s positive development through media, technology, and the arts for nearly 20 years. After her tenure as a researcher with the EDC Center for Children & Technology, Meghan led Global Action Project from 2003-2013, leading implementation of its social change mission and strengthening G.A.P.’s position as a national leader in the field of youth media. She has served as an advisor for the Youth Media Learning Network, the Youth Media Reporter, as well as joined grant-making panels for NYSCA, the Smithsonian, and the NEA. Meghan received her masters in education from Harvard and has continued to develop her leadership through participation in NAMAC’s Media Arts Leadership Institute, Columbia University’s Institute for Non-Profit Management, the Rockwood Leadership Institute, and most recently as a Coro Fellow.
Paul Mihailidis is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Marketing Communication at Emerson College in Boston, MA, and Director of the Salzburg Academy on Media and Global Change. Mihailidis’s research concerns the connections between media, education, and citizenship in the 21st Century. He has published widely on media literacy, global media, and digital citizenship. He is the editor of the forthcoming News Literacy: Global Perspectives for the Newsroom and Classroom (Peter Lang) and co-author of The Media Literacy Project (Pearson). His newest work is on a Media Literacy Learning Commons Model predicated on new participatory civic voices. Mihailidis sits on the board of directors for the National Association for Media Literacy Education (NAMLE), and is reviews editor for the Journal of Media Literacy Education (JMLE). At Emerson, Mihailidis teaches Interactive Communication, Understanding Consumers, Social Media, and Media Literacy.
Dr. Susan Moeller is the director of the International Center for Media and the Public Agenda (ICMPA), and full professor of media and international affairs at the University of Maryland, USA. She is co-founder of the Salzburg Academy on Media & Global Change in Austria and author of Packaging Terrorism: Co-opting the News for Politics and Profit; Compassion Fatigue: How the Media Sell Disease, Famine, War and Death; and Shooting War: Photography and the American Experience of Combat. Moeller has taught at Brandeis, Pacific Lutheran and Princeton universities, and was a senior fellow at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard and a Fulbright professor in Pakistan and in Thailand. In 2008, she was named a Teacher of the Year by the State of Maryland and also named a Carnegie Scholar. Moeller received her PhD and MA from Harvard and her BA from Yale.
Nancy Clare Morgan
From 2009-2012, Nancy Clare Morgan taught Media Law, Writing for Communication, and Modern Citizenship at Queens University of Charlotte. She now resides in Denver, Colorado, serves as copy editor for the Journal of Digital and Media Literacy, and is the founder of Savvy Surfers.
Margaret Mullen is a Senior Research Specialist on the Good Participation Project, and the Educating for Participatory Politics Project at Project Zero at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Her research interests include human development through the life span, with a focus on moral and ethical thinking, decisions, and action.
Mara Ortenburger is a researcher at Research Action Design. She holds a master’s degree in public health from the University of California at Los Angeles.
Dr. Nikos Panagiotou is lecturer, School of Journalism and Mass Media Communication, Faculty of Economic and Political Sciences, Aristoteleio University. He has been a Chevening Scholar of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Socrates Scholar at Universidade Fernando Pessoa (Portugal), Scholar of the State of Luxembourg, in University of Luxembourg, and RCAP Scholar from APU University, Japan. His is a peer-reviewer at St. Antony’s International Review Oxford University, b) Multi-Disciplinary Scientific Journal of International Black Sea University, and c) Journal of Culture and Society and member of the advisory board of peer reviewers for Networking Knowledge. He has participated in a series of scientific researches, has published articles in International and Greek journals and in edited volumes. His research interests are upon: Global Journalism, Political Communication, Mass Media Literacy, Conflict Analysis and Resolution.
Victor Perotti is Associate Professor and Department Head for Management Information Systems, Marketing and Digital Business at the Rochester Institute of Technology’s Saunders College of Business. He is an award-winning educator and interdisciplinary scholar with research interests at the intersection of Entrepreneurship, Digital Media and Computing. His work has been sponsored by the National Science Foundation, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance.
Janae Phillips is an engagement designer and youth advocate who wants to change the way we think about leadership education. She’s the Chapters Director at the Harry Potter Alliance, where she oversees the international Chapters Program and educational initiatives, including the ARG-based leadership conference Granger Leadership Academy. Born and raised in the Sonoran Desert, she holds an M.S. in Educational Technology from the University of Arizona. A museum nerd and proud Hufflepuff, you can find her most places online @janaeisms.
Dr. Elia Powers is a visiting assistant professor of journalism and new media at Towson University. He graduated with a Ph.D. in journalism studies in May 2014 from the University of Maryland’s Philip Merrill College of Journalism. His main research interests are audience engagement with digital media; news, media and health literacy pedagogy and assessment; and nonprofit journalism and new business models. He earned a master’s degree in American Culture Studies from Washington University in St. Louis and a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. As a journalist for more than a decade, he has covered media, higher education, health, business, sports, the environment and the arts for publications such as The Los Angeles Times, Inside Higher Ed, The St. Louis Beacon and American Journalism Review.
Margaret Pulvermann has more than 12 years of experience managing large-scale projects in both the public and private sectors. After starting off her career as a Peace Corps volunteer in Guyana, Margaret has built her career in financial services and technology. She’s worked as an associate at Fidelity Investments and managed strategy and research initiatives at Citigroup. Most recently, she has been leading growth strategy, business development, and marketing for EdSurge’s new product Concierge, which helps schools and district leaders find the right edtech products for their schools and students. She has a BA in public policy from Brown University and an MBA from Duke University.
Kristy Roschke is a doctoral student and faculty associate at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University, where she teaches courses in digital media and graphic design. Her research interest concerns digital media literacy training for students and educators at the K-12 and undergraduate level. Her work has appeared in The Southwestern Mass Communication Journal. Prior to pursuing her doctorate, Roschke spent ten years as a high school journalism teacher and previously worked in high-tech public relations.
Geanne Perlman Rosenberg
Geanne Perlman Rosenberg is a Professor and Director of the Harnisch Journalism Projects at City University of New York’s Baruch College, a Faculty Associate at Harvard University’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society, and a member of the Board of Directors of the Student Press Law Center. A journalist and attorney, Rosenberg has worked as the principal investigator of Harnisch Foundation, McCormick Foundation, Kellogg Foundation, Carnegie Corporation and David and Katherine Moore Family Foundation-funded journalism projects relating to media law, journalism education, youth empowerment, and news and digital literacy education.
Laurie Rubel is an Associate Professor of Secondary Education at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York. Formerly a high school mathematics teacher, she has worked with mathematics teachers in New York City since 2003. Her research interests include probabilistic thinking, teaching mathematics for spatial justice, and mathematics teacher education.
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.
Chris Schweidler is a long-time practitioner and advocate of research by and for grassroots-led movements for social justice. She works to support social justice advocacy through community-led research and popular education. She is co-founder and co-owner of Research Action Design (RAD), a worker-owned cooperative that partners with grassroots organizations on research, tech and media for their organizing campaigns. She holds a master’s degree in history and sociology of science from the University of Pennsylvania, and a master of public health degree in epidemiology from the University of California at Berkeley.
As Broadband and Digital Equity Advocate, Anne Schwieger supports the City of Boston in advancing access to affordable broadband connectivity, up-to-date digital tools, and the digital skills that Bostonians need to engage in the educational, economic, and civic pursuits critical to a future of equity, innovation, and opportunity for themselves, their families, and communities. Anne also serves on the City of Cambridge Broadband Task Force and is the producer of Cambridge Broadband Matters on Cambridge Community Television. She holds a master of city planning from the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at MIT and a BA in biology and society from Cornell University.
Angela Siefer is director of the National Digital Inclusion Alliance. She envisions a world in which all members of society have the skills and the resources to use the Internet for the betterment of themselves and their communities. Since 1997 Angela has worked on digital inclusion issues with local community organizations, the National Telecommunications Information Administration, state governments, and the Schools, Health & Libraries Broadband (SHLB) Coalition. A portfolio of her written work is at angelasiefer.com.
John Speirs is Digital Inclusion Program Coordinator, Telecommunications and Regulatory Affairs, with the City of Austin. Speirs manages operations of the following function areas: Digital Inclusion Strategic Plan Implementation, Grant for Technology Opportunities Program Administration, Community Connections Program, and Austin Free-Net contract. This position coordinates with local organizations, neighborhood groups, city commissions, and other public and private entities involved with the community technology in Austin. Speirs, a native of California, has a BS in Political Science with a minor in Environmental Planning from Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona. He is currently completing his master’s degree in Public Administration at Texas State University—San Marcos.
Will Swinton-Ginsberg of Americorps-VISTA works with the Office of Telecommunications and Regulatory Affairs, City of Austin. Swinton-Ginsberg works to enhance the strength of Austin’s diverse digital inclusion community through the development of strategic co-creation processes, engagement, and outreach, as well as research and analysis of best practices to achieve equity. In 2015, he graduated with a BA in Global Development at the University of Kentucky and has worked on projects to achieve equity in cities from Cape Town, South Africa, to Louisville, Kentucky.
Ivy R. Taylor
Ivy R. Taylor was elected mayor of San Antonio, Texas, in June 2015 after being appointed in July 2014 and serving as the District Two City Council Representative for five years prior. Mayor Taylor is focused on making San Antonio a globally competitive city where all residents are connected to opportunities for prosperity.
Dr. Sofia Theodosiadou is an Independent Researcher who investigates journalism and new media as well as media literacy and children. She has been an Assistant Professor (Adjunct) of Communication and Media studies at the University of Western Macedonia (Florina, Kozani, Greece), at the Technological Educational Institute (TEI) of Western Macedonia (Kastoria, Greece), at Technological Educational Institute (TEI) of Ionian Islands (Cephalonia, Greece) at the Department of Communication and Public Relations since 2002. She has also been working as a radio and magazine journalist in Athens and Thessaloniki. She has been a full trainee at the BBC World Service, London, UK as an EU scholar. In May 2013 she has been included in the academic guide Who’s Who in Research: Media Studies of Intellect Publications (ISBN 9781841504971).
Matthew Timberlake is the Information Technology Portfolio Manager for Multnomah County Library. He is a founding member of the Digital Inclusion Network in Portland. His work as a technologist has been featured in national publications in both the United States and the United Kingdom.
Rick Usher is Assistant City Manager for Small Business & Entrepreneurship at the City of Kansas City, Missouri. Rick has worked at City Hall for thirty-one years and is currently working on the final draft of the City’s Digital Equity Plan. Rick has been involved in all aspects of the City’s development agreement with Google Fiber and represents the City on the Steering Council of the Kansas City Coalition for Digital Inclusion.
S. Craig Watkins
S. Craig Watkins studies young people’s social and digital media behaviors, innovation, and shifts in the knowledge economy with a primary focus on issues related to equity. He is a Professor at the University of Texas, Austin, in the department of Radio-Television-Film. Craig is the author of three books, including The Young and the Digital: What the Migration to Social Network Sites, Games, and Anytime, Anywhere Media Means for Our Future (Beacon 2009). He is currently working on three books. His forthcoming book (2017) is based on an ethnographic inquiry into the evolving worlds of digital media, education, and social inequality in the U.S. The second book is an edited volume that examines the future of innovation focusing on issues related to media production, emergent creative economies, labor, and inequality in the digital economy. The third book draws from his most current research on millennials called Doing Innovation. Craig is a member of the MacArthur Foundation’s Connected Learning Research Network. For updates on research visit doinginnovation.org. and theyoungandthedigital.com
Sarah Williams is an Assistant Professor of Urban Planning and the Director of the Civic Data Design Lab at MIT. The Civic Data Design Lab develops innovative techniques to collect, distribute, and visualize information to communicate and expose urban policy to broad audiences. Before coming to MIT, Williams was Co-Director of the Spatial Information Design Lab at Columbia University. Williams has won numerous technology and planning awards and her design work has been widely exhibited including work in the Guggenheim and a project that is currently on view in the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York City.
Yacong Yuan is a doctoral candidate at the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland, College Park. She is currently working on her dissertation about the media effect of positive emotions in audience information processing. Her research interests include media psychology, user experience, social media, cross cultural communication and social network analysis.