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I am an Anthropologist and Assistant Professor of Critical Studies at California College of the Arts. I study how people use media to express technical identities, share aspects of the self, and accomplish civic engagement.

I am also Editor-in-Chief of
The CASTAC Blog, which is the official blog of the Committee on the Anthropology of Science, Technology, and Computing, a subdivision of the American Anthropological Association. Please contact me if you would like to post to the blog.

Contact Information:


Mailing Address:
California College of the Arts
1111 Eighth Street
San Francisco, CA 94107-2247

New Book!

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Research Interests:
Anthropological, visual, and linguistic studies of digital media; technical identity; online competencies; emotions; place; pragmatics; marginal words; anthropology of art; interactional reciprocity

Current Research Project:
Video rants as civic engagement

Past Research Projects:
Video Bloggers

Digital Youth and Informal Learning
Online Text Gaming (MUDs, MUSHes)
Computer use in Celebration, Florida
Virtual Reality equipment study at CyberMind Entertainment Facility, San Francisco

Video Blogs:
AnthroVlog on YouTube

Ph.D. Anthropology
M.A. Anthropology
University of Michigan

A.M. International Policy Studies
A.B. History
Stanford University

News and Upcoming Events
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April 20, 2014
My film, Hey Watch This! Sharing the Self Through Media, was internationally debuted at Ethnografilm! This is an exciting new international film festival that showcases ethnographic and academic films that visually depict social worlds. See the trailer on YouTube or Vimeo!

March 17, 2014
Henry Jenkins has published an interview with me on his blog. I discuss my new book, Kids on YouTube: Technical Identities and Digital Literacies. For more information see:

Part I: Categorizing digital media
Part II: Exploring what kids learn
Part III: Discussing risk and self-promotion
Part IV: Analyzing being self taught

November 22, 2013
Happy to be attending AAA this Fall, and presenting my paper, "Performing Technical Affiliation Through Culturally-Constructed Remembering." See you in Chicago!

October 24, 2013
I will be presenting my paper, "Emotional Expressions of the Studium and Punctum on YouTube Infant Memorials" at the Association of Internet Researchers Conference in Denver.

October 12, 2013
I'm excited to be screening my ethnographic film, Hey Watch This: Sharing the Self Through Media at the Society for the Social Studies of Science in San Diego!

May 14-June 8, 2012
My paper was selected for the Virtual Conference at the International Communication Association meeting. Can't come to Phoenix? Check out the online conference papers, including mine entitled, "Rhetoricizing Visual Literacies." This paper received a "Top 6 Paper" award from the Language and Social Interaction Division of ICA.

September 1-2, 2011
I will be a keynote speaker at the Transforming Audiences 3 conference at the University of Westminster in London. Looks like a great mix of researchers in online and mobile media, everyday creativity, and DIY Culture. See you there! An abstract and reference list for my talk can be found here. The video is located here.

Kids on YouTube: Technical Identities and Digital Literacies. Walnut Creek, CA: Left Coast Press, 2014.

“Learning Real Life Lessons from Online Games,”
Games and Culture, 6(1), 2011. An online version is available here.

“Achieving Creative Integrity on YouTube: Reciprocities and Tensions," Enculturation 8, September 2010.

“Creative Production,” Lange, Patricia G. and Mizuko Ito, in Hanging Out, Messing Around, Geeking Out: Living and Learning with New Media (Ito et al.). Cambridge: MIT Press, 2010.

“Videos of Affinity on YouTube,” in
The YouTube Reader, Patrick Vonderau and Pelle Snickars, Eds. Pp. 228-247. Swedish National Library Press, Distributed by Wallflower Press, 2009.

Living and Learning with New Media: Summary of Findings from the Digital Youth Project, Mizuko Ito, Heather Horst, Matteo Bittanti, danah boyd, Becky Herr-Stephenson, Patricia G. Lange, C.J. Pascoe, and Laura Robinson. Cambridge: MIT Press, 2009.

“Conversational Morality and Information Circulation: How Tacit Notions about Good and Evil Influence Knowledge Exchange” Human Organization, 68(2): 218-229, Summer 2009. Full text is available here.

“(Mis)Conceptions about YouTube,”
Video Vortex Reader: Responses to YouTube, Geert Lovink and Sabine Niederer, Eds. Pp. 87-100. Amsterdam: Institute of Network Cultures, 2008

“Publicly Private and Privately Public: Social Networking on YouTube,” Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, 13(1), 2007.