I have a PhD and MA from the Institute of Education, University of London and a BA from Grinnell College. My doctoral thesis was on children’s use of media in their creative story writing. Before coming to work at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, I was a lecturer at the Institute of Education, University of London, and a researcher at the Centre for the Study of Children, Youth and Media (CSCYM). I started my career as an elementary school teacher.

My current research project, ‘Navigating Spaces: Libraries as Community Hubs for Teaching Positive Screen Media Practices,’ investigates parents’ strategies for making decisions about screen media practices, analyses advice for parents about ‘healthy’ screen media practices, and works with librarians and other community members to help understand parents’ decisions and challenges.  This project is funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and runs until September 2020.

My previous research projects include:

  • ‘Bubbler@Madison Public Library: A system-wide approach to learning through making’ (2015-2017) Funder: Institute of Museum and Library Services
  • ‘Capturing Outcomes of a Community-based Play Project’ (2017) Funder: Ira and Ineva Reilly Baldwin Wisconsin Idea Endowment.
  • ‘Childhoods Online: children’s experiences of online gaming’ (2014-2015) Funder: UW Madison
  • ‘An investigation into young children’s use and understanding of virtual world gaming’ (2011-2012) Funder: UW Madison
  • ‘Children’s Playground Games and Songs in the New Media Age’ (2009-2011) Funder: AHRC
  • ‘Sexualised goods aimed at children’ (2009) Funder: Scottish Parliament
  • ‘Camcorder Cultures: Media Technologies and Everyday Creativity’(2005-2008) Funder: AHRC
  • ‘Girls, digital technology and popular culture: from play to policy’ (2003–2004) Funder: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada
  • ‘Educaunet: A European campaign to develop critical awareness of Internet risk through media education’ (2002-2004) Funder: European Commission
  • ‘Shared Spaces: Informal Learning and Digital Cultures’ (2001–2002) Funder: Esmee Fairbairn Foundation
  • ‘Pokemon: A cross-cultural analysis of children’s global media culture’ (2000-2001) Funder: Japan Foundation UK

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