"Kids' Informal Learning with Digital Media: An Ethnographic Investigation of Innovative Knowledge Cultures" is a three-year collaborative project funded by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. Carried out by researchers at the University of Southern California and University of California, Berkeley, the digital youth project explores how kids use digital media in their everyday lives. Read more
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I am a sociologist who is interested in sexuality, gender, youth and new media. My book on gender in high school, Dude, You're a Fag: Masculinity and Sexuality in High School recently received the 2008 Outstanding Book Award from the American Educational Research Association.
I worked as Postdoctoral Scholar at the Institute for the Study of Social Change with the Digital Youth Project at the University of California, Berkeley where I researched the role of new media in teens' dating and romance practices. The project "Living Digital" examines how teenagers navigate digital technology and how new media has become a central part of contemporary teen culture with a particular focus on teens courtship, romance and intimacy practices. Along with Dr. Natalie Boero I conducted a study entitled "No Wannarexics Allowed" looking at the formation of online pro-anorexia communities.
I am now an assistant professor of sociology at The Colorado College.