IOANA LITERAT

525 W 120th Street, Box 19, New York, NY 10027

(212) 678-7409 •  literat@tc.columbia.edu • www.ioanaliterat.com

ACADEMIC EMPLOYMENT

Associate Professor (2021-present)

Communication, Media & Learning Technologies Design

Department of Mathematics, Science and Technology

Teachers College, Columbia University (New York, NY)

Assistant Professor (2015-2021)

Communication, Media & Learning Technologies Design

Department of Mathematics, Science and Technology

Teachers College, Columbia University (New York, NY)

EDUCATION

Ph.D. in Communication

Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism

University of Southern California (Los Angeles, CA)

2010-2015

M.A. in Communication

Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism

University of Southern California (Los Angeles, CA)

2010-2013


B.A. in Film and Media Culture

Middlebury College (Middlebury, VT)

2005-2009

RESEARCH INTERESTS

PUBLICATIONS

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

* = TC student co-authors

Literat, I. (2021). “Teachers act like we’re robots”: TikTok as a window into youth experiences of online learning during COVID-19. AERA Open 7(1). https://doi.org/10.1177/2332858421995537

Literat, I., Chang, Y.K., Eisman, J.*, & Gardner, J.* (2021). LAMBOOZLED!: The design and development of a game-based approach to news literacy education. Journal of Media Literacy Education, 13(1), 56-66. https://doi.org/10.23860/JMLE-2021-13-1-5.

Literat, I., Abdelbagi, A.*, Law, N.Y.L.*, Cheung, M. Y-Y.*, & Tang, R.* (2021). Likes, sarcasm and politics: Youth responses to a platform-initiated media literacy campaign on social media. Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) Misinformation Review. https://doi.org/10.37016/mr-2020-67

Literat, I.​, & Kligler-Vilenchik, N. (2021). How popular culture prompts youth collective political expression and cross-cutting political talk: A social media cross-platform analysis. Social Media + Society.https://doi.org/10.1177/20563051211008821

Literat, I. (2021). On research and hope, in an America aflame: Sketching youth civic futures as a mother and a researcher. Journal of Children and Media 15(1), 109-111.

Literat, I. (2021). Memes in the time of corona: An autoethnographic visual essay on memes as relational resources during the COVID-19 pandemic. Visual Studies https://doi.org/10.1080/1472586X.2021.1911678.

de Saint-Laurent, C., Glaveanu, V.P., & Literat, I. (2021). Internet memes as partial stories: Identifying political narratives in coronavirus memes. Social Media + Society, doi: 10.1177/2056305121988932.

Liou, AL,* & Literat, I. (2020). “We need you to listen to us”: Youth activist perspectives on intergenerational dynamics and adult solidarity in youth movements. International Journal of Communication 14, 4662-4682.

Literat, I., & Markus, S.* (2020). ‘Crafting a way forward’: Online participation, craftivism and civic engagement in Ravelry’s Pussyhat Project group. Information, Communication & Society, 23(10), 1411-1426.

Brough, M., Literat, I., & Ikin, A. (2020). Good social media?”: Underrepresented youth perspectives on the ethical and equitable design of social media platforms. Social Media + Society 6(2), doi: 10.1177/2056305120928488.

Literat, I., Chang, Y.K., & Hsu, S.-Y.* (2020). Gamifying fake news: Engaging youth in the participatory design of news literacy games. Convergence: The International Journal of Research into New Media Technologies 26(3), 506-516.

Chang, Y.K., Literat, I., Price, C.,* Eisman, J.,* Gardner, J.,*, Chapman, A., & Truss, A.* (2020). News literacy education in a polarized political climate: How games can teach youth to spot misinformation. Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) Misinformation Review, https://doi.org/10.37016/mr-2020-020.

Literat, I., & Brough, M. (2019). From ethical to equitable social media technologies: Amplifying underrepresented youth voices in digital technology design. Journal of Media Ethics 34(3), 132-145.

Literat, I., & Kligler-Vilenchik, N. (2019). Youth collective political expression on social media: The role of affordances and memetic dimensions for voicing political views. New Media & Society 21(9), 1988-2009.

Literat, I., & van den Berg, S.* (2019). Buy memes low, sell memes high: Vernacular criticism and collective negotiations of value on Reddit’s MemeEconomy. Information, Communication & Society 22(2), 232-249.

Literat, I., & Kligler-Vilenchik, N. (2018). Youth online political expression in non-political spaces: Implications for civic education. Learning, Media & Technology 43(4), 400-417.  

Literat, I., Kligler-Vilenchik, N., Brough, M., & Blum-Ross, A. (2018). Analyzing youth digital participation: Aims, actors, contexts, and intensities. The Information Society, 34(4), 261-273.

Kligler-Vilenchik, N., & Literat, I. (2018). Distributed creativity as political expression: Youth responses to the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election in online affinity networks. Journal of Communication 68(1), 75-97.

Cybart-Persenaire, A.,* & Literat, I. (2018). Writing stories, rewriting identities: Using journalism education and mobile technologies to empower marginalized high school students. Learning, Media & Technology 43(2), 181-196.

Glaveanu, V.P., de Saint-Laurent, C., & Literat, I. (2018). Making sense of refugees online: Perspective taking, political imagination, and Internet memes. American Behavioral Scientist 62(4), 440-457.

Literat, I. (2018). Make, share, review, remix: Unpacking the impact of the Internet on contemporary creativity. Convergence: The International Journal of Research into New Media Technologies 25(5-6), 1168-1184.

Literat, I., & Glaveanu, V.P. (2018). Distributed creativity on the Internet: A theoretical framework for online creative participation. International Journal of Communication 12, 893-908.

Literat, I., Conover, A.*, Herbert-Wasson, E.*, Page, K.K.*, Riina-Ferrie, J.*, Stephens, R.*, Thanapornsangsuth S.*, & Vasudevan, L. (2017). Toward multimodal inquiry: Opportunities, challenges and implications of multimodality for research and scholarship. Higher Education Research & Development 37(3), 565-578.

Feng, Y.,* & Literat, I. (2017). Redefining relations between creators and audiences in the digital age: The social production and consumption of Chinese internet literature. International Journal of Communication 11, 2584-2604.

Li, Q.,* & Literat, I. (2017). Misuse or misdesign? Yik Yak on college campuses and the moral dimensions of technology design. First Monday 22(7).  

Literat, I. (2017). The power of a pony: Youth literacies, participatory culture, and active meaning-making. Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy 61(1), 113-116.

Literat, I. (2017). Facilitating creative participation and collaboration in online spaces: The impact of social and technological factors in enabling sustainable engagement. Digital Creativity 28(2), 73-88.

Literat, I. (2017). Refugee selfies and the (self-)representation of disenfranchised social groups. Media Fields Journal 12.

Literat, I. (2016). Interrogating participation across disciplinary boundaries: Lessons from political philosophy, cultural studies, education, and art. New Media & Society 18(8), 1787-1803.

Literat, I., & Glaveanu, V.P. (2016). Same but different? Distributed creativity in the Internet age. Creativity: Theory, Research, Applications 3(2), 330-342.

Literat, I. (2015). Implications of massive open online courses (MOOCs) on higher education: Mitigating or reifying educational inequities? Higher Education Research & Development 34(6), 1164-1177.

Literat, I., & Balsamo, A. (2014). Stitching the future of the AIDS Quilt: The cultural work of digital memorialsVisual Communication Quarterly 21(3), 138-149. 

Literat, I. (2014). Empowering local women through digital training programs: A sustainable income-generating model in Hyderabad, IndiaJournal of Interactive Technology and Pedagogy 5.

Literat, I. (2014). Measuring new media literacies: Towards the development of a comprehensive assessment toolJournal of Media Literacy Education 6(1), 15-27.

Literat, I. (2013). N=1: A social scientific inquiry into happiness and academic laborHybrid Pedagogy: A Digital Journal of Learning, Teaching, and Technology. 

Literat, I. (2013). Participatory innovation: The culture of contests in Popular Science Monthly, 1918-1938Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly 90(4), 776-790.

Literat, I., & Chen, N.-T. ( 2013). Communication infrastructure theory and entertainment- education: An integrative model for health communicationCommunication Theory 24(1), 83-103.

Literat, I. (2013). A pencil for your thoughts: Participatory drawing as a visual research method with children and youthInternational Journal of Qualitative Methods 12, 84-98.

Literat, I. (2013). Participatory mapping with urban youth: The visual elicitation of socio-spatial research data. Learning, Media & Technology 38(2), 198-216.

Literat, I. (2012). The work of art in the age of mediated participation: Crowdsourced art and collective creativity. International Journal of Communication 6, 2962-2984.

Felt, L., Vartabedian, V., Literat, I., & Mehta, R. (2012). Explore Locally, Excel Digitally: A participatory learning after-school program for enriching citizenship on- and offline. Journal of Media Literacy Education 4(3).

Literat, I. (2012) Cultural innovation and narrative synergy in R. Kelly’s Trapped in the Closet. Alphaville: Journal of Film and Screen Media 3.

Literat, I. (2012). Original democracy: A rhetorical analysis of Romanian post-revolutionary political discourse and the University Square Protests of June 1990Central European Journal of Communication 5.1(8), 25-38.

Peer-Reviewed Conference Proceedings

Literat, I., & Kligler-Vilenchik, N. (2020). Youth collective political expression as prompted by popular culture: A social media cross-platform analysis. Association of Internet Researchers (AoIR) Selected Papers of Internet Research (SPIR).

Brough, M., Literat, I., & Ikin, A. (2020). Good social media?”: Underrepresented youth perspectives on the ethical and equitable design of social media platforms. Association of Internet Researchers (AoIR) Selected Papers of Internet Research (SPIR).

Kligler-Vilenchik, N., & Literat, I. (2017). Formative events, networked spaces, and the political socialization of youth. Association of Internet Researchers (AoIR) Selected Papers of Internet Research (SPIR).

Literat, I. (2017). Contemporary creativity online: An examination of the interplay between art and vernacular creativity on the Internet. Association of Internet Researchers (AoIR) Selected Papers of Internet Research (SPIR).

Literat, I. (2017). Tapping into the collective creativity of the crowd: The effectiveness of key incentives in fostering creative crowdsourcing. Proceedings of the 50th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS-50). Digital and Social Media Track. Kona, HI.

Edited Collections

Kligler-Vilenchik, N., & Literat, I. (2020). Youth digital participation: Opportunities, challenges, contexts, and what’s at stake. Special issue of Media and Communication.

Reilly, E., & Literat, I. (2012). Designing with teachers: Participatory approaches to professional development in education. Los Angeles, CA: Annenberg Innovation Lab.

Book Chapters

Literat, I. (2018). On the digital margins of art worlds: Art and vernacular creativity in online spaces. In P. Messaris and D. Park (Eds.) The inclusive vision: Essays in honor of Larry Gross. New York: Peter Lang.

Kligler-Vilenchik, N. & Literat, I. (2018). Formative events, networked spaces, and the political socialization of youth. In Z. Papacharissi (Ed.) The Networked Self: Birth, Life, Death. New York: Routledge.

Literat, I. (2012). Towards a theory of participatory professional development. In E. Reilly & I. Literat (Eds.), Designing with teachers: Participatory approaches to professional development in education. Los Angeles, CA: Annenberg Innovation Lab.

Literat, I., & Itow, R.C. (2012). Professional development in a culture of participatory learning. In E. Reilly & I. Literat (Eds.), Designing with teachers: Participatory approaches to professional development in education. Los Angeles, CA: Annenberg Innovation Lab.

Other Scholarly Output

Literat, I., Chang, Y.K., & the Media and Social Change Lab (2020). LAMBOOZLED! The media literacy card game. New York, NY: Teachers College Press.

 

PEER-REVIEWED CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

Literat, I., Abdelbagi, A., Law, N.Y.L., Cheung, M. Y-Y., & Tang, R. (2021, forthcoming). Likes, sarcasm and politics: Youth responses to a platform-initiated media literacy campaign on social media. Association of Internet Researchers (AoIR) Annual Conference. Virtual conference due to COVID-19.   

Literat, I., de Saint-Laurent, C., & Glaveanu, V.P. (2021). Internet memes as partial stories: Identifying political narratives in coronavirus memes. International Communication Association (ICA) Annual Conference. Virtual conference due to COVID-19.

Literat, I. (2021). Youth portrayals of online learning on TikTok during the COVID-19 pandemic. International Communication Association (ICA) Annual Conference. Virtual conference due to COVID-19.

Literat, I. (2021). “Teachers act like we’re robots”: TikTok as a window into youth experiences of online learning during COVID-19. American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Conference. Virtual conference due to COVID-19.

Liou, AL, & Literat, I. (2021). “We need you to listen to us”: Youth activist perspectives on intergenerational dynamics and adult solidarity in youth movements. American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Conference. Virtual conference due to COVID-19.

Literat, I., & Abdelbagi, A. (2021). Rupture and repair in/via media literacy. Screening Scholarship Media Festival (SSMF). Virtual conference due to COVID-19.  

Literat, I., Chang, Y.K., Abdelbagi, A., Law, N.Y.L., Cheung, M. Y-Y., & Tang, R. (2020). Game-based approaches to media literacy education. Northeast Media Literacy Conference. Virtual conference due to COVID-19.  

Literat, I., & Kligler-Vilenchik, N. (2020). How popular culture prompts youth collective political expression and cross-cutting political talk: A social media cross-platform analysis. Association of Internet Researchers (AoIR) Annual Conference. Virtual conference due to COVID-19.  

Brough, M., Literat, I., & Ikin, A. (2020). Good social media?”: Underrepresented youth perspectives on the ethical and equitable design of social media platforms. Association of Internet Researchers (AoIR) Annual Conference. (Virtual conference due to COVID-19)  

Lee, J., Azzarito, L., & Literat, I. (2020). Creating Third Space Physical Culture for, with and about Recent Immigrant Girls on Instagram. American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Conference. San Francisco, CA. (Conference cancelled)

Chang, Y.K., Literat, I., & Hsu, S.-Y. (2020). Engaging Youth in the Participatory Design of News Literacy Games: Opportunities, Challenges, Future Directions. American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Conference. San Francisco, CA. (Conference cancelled)

Literat, I., & Price, C. (2020). Alternative Approaches to Media Literacy Education. Screening Scholarship Media Festival (SSMF). Philadelphia, PA. (Conference cancelled)

Literat, I., Chang, Y.K., Man, S., Truss, A., Hsu, S.-Y.. & Lei, S. (2019). Media Literacy at Play. National Association of Media Literacy Education (NAMLE) Conference. Washington, D.C.

Chang, Y.K., Literat, I., & Hsu, S.-Y. (2019). Research Symposium: Participatory Design. National Association of Media Literacy Education (NAMLE) Conference. Washington, D.C.

Literat, I., & Brough, M. (2019). Amplifying Underrepresented Youth Voices in Social Media Design. International Communication Association (ICA) Annual Conference. Washington, D.C.

Literat, I., & Kligler-Vilenchik, N. (2019). Youth Collective Political Expression on Social Media: The Role of Affordances and Memetic Dimensions for Voicing Political Views. International Communication Association (ICA) Annual Conference. Washington, D.C.

Literat, I., & Markus, S. (2019). ‘Crafting a Way Forward’: Online Participation, Craftivism and Civic Engagement in Ravelry’s Pussyhat Project Group. International Communication Association (ICA) Annual Conference. Washington, D.C.

Literat, I., Chang, Y.K., Ahn, D., Man, S., & Zhu, W. (2019). Gamifying Fake News: Playful Approaches to News Literacy Education for Middle School Students. American Educational Research Association (AERA). Toronto, Canada. Best Empirical Paper Award (Media, Learning & Culture SIG).

Brough, M. & Literat, I. (2018). From Ethical to Equitable Design: Amplifying Underrepresented Youth Voices in Digital Technology Design. Eighth Annual International Symposium on Digital Ethics. Chicago, IL.

Literat, I. (2018). Learning from Online Spaces: Digital Approaches to Understanding Youth Participation, Creativity and Agency. Society for Learning Analytics Research. Learning Analytics Summer Institute (LASI). New York, NY. Keynote talk.  

Literat, I., & Kligler-Vilenchik, N. (2018). Educational Implications of Youth Online Political Expression in Non-Political Spaces. International Communication Association (ICA) Annual Conference. Prague, Czech Republic.  

Kligler-Vilenchik, N., & Literat, I. (2018). Distributed Creativity as Political Expression: Youth Responses to the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election in Online Affinity Networks. International Communication Association (ICA) Annual Conference. Prague, Czech Republic.  

Literat, I. & Kligler-Vilenchik, N. (2018). Civic Education 2.0: Implications of Youth Online Creativity for Learning and Political Socialization. American Educational Research Association (AERA). New York, NY.

Literat, I. (2017). Contemporary Creativity Online: An Examination of the Interplay between Art and Vernacular Creativity on the Internet. Association of Internet Researchers (AoIR) Annual Conference. Tartu, Estonia.  

Kligler-Vilenchik, N., & Literat, I. (2017). Formative Events, Networked Spaces, and the Political Socialization of Youth. Association of Internet Researchers (AoIR) Annual Conference. Tartu, Estonia.  

Literat, I., Kligler-Vilenchik, N., Brough, M., & Blum-Ross, A. (2017). Analyzing Youth Digital Participation: Aims, Actors, Contexts, and Intensities. International Communication Association (ICA) Annual Conference. San Diego, CA.

Literat, I., & Glaveanu, V.P. (2017). Distributed Creativity on the Internet: A Multidimensional Framework for Understanding Online Creative Participation. International Communication Association (ICA) Annual Conference. San Diego, CA.

Glaveanu, V.P., de Saint-Laurent, C., & Literat, I. (2017). Constructing Others: Building Representations Through Dialogues Between Perspectives. International Society of Political Psychology (ISPP) Annual Conference, Edinburgh, Scotland.

Literat, I., Conover, A., Herbert-Wasson, E., Page, K., Riina-Ferie, J., Stephens, R., Thanapornsangsuth, S., &  Vasudevan, L. (2017). Towards Multimodal Inquiry: Re-Orienting the Way We Work/Think/Play in Research and Scholarship. American Educational Research Association (AERA), San Antonio, TX.

Literat, I. (2017). Tapping into the Collective Creativity of the Crowd: The Effectiveness of Key Incentives in Fostering Creative Crowdsourcing. 50th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS-50). Digital and Social Media Track. Kona, HI.

Literat, I. (2016). The Concept of Participation in Education and Learning: What Can the Educational Field Learn from Other Domains? Global Education Conference. Online via Blackboard Collaborate.

Glaveanu, V.P., de Saint-Laurent, C., & Literat, I. (2016). Perspective taking and the European refugee crisis: Creativity and morality in a new key. Ninth International Conference on the Dialogical Self. Lublin, Poland.

Literat, I. (2016). An Interdisciplinary Perspective on Learning, Participation and Power. International Communication Association (ICA) Annual Conference. Fukuoka, Japan.

Literat, I. (2016). Crowdsourcing a Children’s Book about the Internet. South by Southwest Conference and Festival (SXSWedu). Austin, TX.

Literat, I. (2015). Crowdsourcing Educational Projects on a Global Scale: From Research to Practice. Global Education Conference. Online via Blackboard Collaborate.

Literat, I. (2015). The Adventures of Hashtag the Snail: Opportunities and Challenges in Creative Crowdsourcing. Crowdsourcing and the Academy Symposium. Berkeley, CA.

Literat, I. (2015). Interrogating Participation Across Disciplinary Boundaries: Lessons from Political Philosophy, Cultural Studies, and Art. International Communication Association (ICA) Annual Conference, San Juan, PR.

Literat, I. (2014). The Art World 2.0: Investigating the Democratizing Effect of the Internet on High Culture. Association of Internet Researchers (AoIR) Annual Conference. Daegu, South Korea. 

Literat, I. (2014). Crowdsourced Art and Collective Creativity Online. USC Research Symposium. First Place Award, Social Sciences and Humanities Division. Los Angeles, CA.

Literat, I. (2014). Experiments in Creative Crowdsourcing: How and Why Do Online Communities Generate Creative Content? Annenberg Graduate Fellowship Research and Creative Project Symposium. Los Angeles, CA. 

Literat, I. (2014). Crowdsourced Art: Activating Creative Publics. South by Southwest (SXSW) Interactive, Austin, TX.

Literat, I. (2013). Can MOOCs Really Make a Difference in the Developing World? Global Education Conference. Online via Blackboard Collaborate.

Literat, I. (2013). Mediated Public Spaces, Embodiment, and Virtual Communities. Hemispheric Institute Annual Convergence (HEMI). Los Angeles, CA.

Literat, I. (2013). Participatory Innovation: The Culture of Contests in Popular Science Monthly. International Communication Association (ICA) Annual Conference, London, U.K.

Literat, I. (2013). Crowdsourced Art and Collective Creativity. Annenberg Graduate Fellowship Research and Creative Project Symposium. Los Angeles, CA.

Reilly, E., & Literat, I. (2013). Designing with Teachers: Participatory Approaches to Professional Development in Education. Panel organizer. Digital Media and Learning (DML) Conference, Chicago, IL.

Literat, I. (2012). The Work of Art in the Age of Digital Participation: Theorizing Crowdsourced Art. International Communication Association (ICA) Annual Conference, Phoenix, AZ. Top Student Paper Award.

Literat, I. (2012). Connected Viewing. Flow TV Conference, Austin, TX.

Literat, I. (2012). Visual Ways of Knowing in Social Scientific Research with Children and Youth. Global Education Conference. Online via Blackboard Collaborate.

Literat, I. (2012). Engaging Teachers in Professional Development: A New Framework for Participatory PD. Global Education Conference. Online via Blackboard Collaborate.

Felt, L., Vartabedian, V., Literat, I., and Mehta, R. (2012). Explore Locally, Excel Digitally: A Participatory Learning After-School Program for Enriching Citizenship On- and Offline. National Communication Association (NCA) Annual Conference, Orlando, FL.

Literat, I. (2012). Participatory Drawing as a Visual Research Method with Children and Youth. International Communication Association (ICA) Annual Conference, Phoenix, AZ.

Literat, I. (2012). The Limits of Participation: Policing Virtual Worlds? Cultural Studies Association Annual Conference, San Diego, CA.

Literat, I. (2011). Shifting Notions of Materiality in Future Learning Spaces. Global Education Conference (via Elluminate).

Literat, I. (2011). Virtual Bridges: Stimulating Intercultural Understanding and Ethnic Tolerance Through Virtual Interaction. Global Education Conference (via Elluminate).

Literat, I. (2011). Romanian Post-Revolutionary Political Discourse. National Communication Association (NCA) Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA.

Literat, I. (2011). Integrating Communication Infrastructure Theory with Entertainment-Education:  An Ecological Solution to Common Challenges. National Communication Association (NCA) Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA.

Literat, I. (2011). The Rags, the Apron and the Zootsuit: The Image of African-Americans in Wartime Cartoons. International Communication Association (ICA) Annual Conference, Boston, MA.

Literat, I. (2011). Cultural Innovation and Narrative Synergy in R. Kelly’s Trapped in the Closet. International Communication Association (ICA) Annual Conference. Virtual Overlay. Boston, MA.

Literat, I. (2011). Measuring New Media Literacies; Towards the Development of a Comprehensive Assessment Tool. Teachers College Educational Technology Conference (TCETC). New York, NY.

Literat, I. (2011). The Gendered Participation Gap: Training Women in Developing Countries to Teach New Media Literacies. Teachers College Educational Technology Conference (TCETC). New York, NY.

Literat, I. (2011). Exploring the Characteristics of Participatory Learning. Digital Media and Learning (DML) Conference, Long Beach, CA.

Literat, I. (2010). New Media Literacies: The Core Challenges of Implementation and Assessment in International Contexts. Global Education Conference. Online via Elluminate.

AWARDS AND FELLOWSHIPS

Provost’s Investment Fund Award (2021-2022)

$20,000

Teachers College, Columbia University

For the research project: “Learning about Fake News through Online Play: The Design, Development and Evaluation of a Digital Game for Media Literacy Education”

Early Career Award (2020)

Media, Learning & Culture Special Interest Group

American Educational Research Association (AERA)

Spencer Foundation Research Grant (2019-2021)

$49,619

Principal Investigator

For the research project: “Youth Collective Political Expression on Social Media: Communication Within and Across Political Differences”

Provost’s Investment Fund Award (2019-2020)

$20,000

Teachers College, Columbia University

For the research project: “Fake News, Misinformation and Media Literacy in Today’s Digital Media Ecosystem”

Richard Lounsbery Foundation Research Grant (2019-2020)

$100,000

Co-Principal Investigator

For the research project: “STEAMnasiums for Teacher Learning: A Research, Development, and Demonstration Project”

Academically Related Federal Work Study Faculty Award (2019-2020)

$5,000

Teachers College, Columbia University

In support of media literacy research at the Media & Social Change Lab (MASCLab).

Best Empirical Paper (2019)

Media, Learning & Culture Special Interest Group

American Educational Research Association (AERA)

Gamifying Fake News: Playful Approaches to News Literacy Education for Middle School Students”

 

Dean's Faculty Diversity Research Award (2018-2019)

Teachers College, Columbia University

For the research project: “From Ethical to Equitable Design: Amplifying Underrepresented Youth Voices in Digital Technology Design”

First Place (Social Sciences and Humanities) (2014)

University of Southern California Graduate Research Symposium 
Awarded the top prize out of all USC graduate research projects, as determined by an interdisciplinary panel of faculty judges

Best Romanian Student Abroad (North America) (2014)
Liga Studentilor Romani din Strainatate [League of Romanian Students Abroad]

Bestowed by the Romanian government, and awarded during a special ceremony at the Romanian Parliament

Oxford Internet Institute Summer Doctoral Program Award (2013)
University of Oxford, UK

Research and Travel Awards (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013)
Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism

University of Southern California

GSG Conference Travel Award (2012, 2013)
University of Southern California Graduate Student Senate

HASTAC Fellowship (2012-2013)
Humanities, Arts, Science and Technology Advanced Collaboratory (HASTAC)

Phi Kappa Phi Student Recognition Award (2012)

University of Southern California
Awarded by the President of the University of Southern California for outstanding achievements in research

Top Student Paper Award (2012)
Visual Communication Division

International Communication Association

Provost’s PhD Fellowship (2010-2015)
University of Southern California

The university’s most prestigious PhD fellowship, guaranteeing 5 years of financial support

First prize, Global Health Awareness Art Competition (2012)
Institute for Global Health

University of Southern California

The Modern Story Fellowship (2009-2010)
The Modern Story, San Francisco

David Goldberg Prize (2009)

Middlebury College

Awarded by the Department of Film and Media Culture, for excellence in the study of film and media 

Phi Beta Kappa Academic Honors Award (2009)
Phi Beta Kappa Society

Davis United World College Foundation Scholarship (2005-2009)
Middlebury College

Merit-based scholarship providing full financial support for all 4 years of undergraduate study

M.M. Young Foundation Scholarship (2003-2005)
Lester B. Pearson United World College

Kwok-Leung Li Foundation Scholarship (2003-2005)
Lester B. Pearson United World College

Pro Juventute Recognition Award (2003)
Mayor’s Office, Timisoara, Romania

Awarded by the Mayor of Timisoara for outstanding academic achievements  

LABS AND RESEARCH GROUPS

Media and Social Change Lab (MASClab) (2015-present)

Associate Director

Global Citizens Club ( 2017-present)  

Faculty Mentor

 

Visual Research Center (Fall 2017-present)  

Affiliated Faculty

COURSES TAUGHT AT TEACHERS COLLEGE

MSTU 4016: The History of Communication

MSTU 4028: Technology & Culture

MSTU 5102: Art in the Digital Age: Implications of New Media Technologies for Culture and Creativity

MSTU 5606: Readings in Communication Theory and Social Thought

MSTU 6532: Seminar in CMLTD: Art, Media & Communication

 

DOCTORAL ADVISING

Primary advisor for:

Secondary reader for:

Chairperson / 3rd reader for:

Outside reader for:

RELEVANT WORK EXPERIENCE

The Modern Story Digital Storytelling Program (2009-2010)
Hyderabad, India
Field Coordinator and Digital Storytelling Instructor

SERVICE TO THE COLLEGE, PROFESSION AND COMMUNITY

Service to Teachers College

Involvement in Teachers College and Columbia University Events

Service to the Profession

Service to the Community

Professional Memberships

SELECTED MEDIA COVERAGE