I am Meryl Alper, a Ph.D. Candidate in Communication at the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at the University of Southern California. I study the social implications of networked communication technologies from a historical, sociological, and critical/cultural perspective, with a particular focus on disability and digital media, children and families’ technology use, and mobile communication. You can find some of this work in my book, Digital Youth with Disabilities (2014, MIT Press).
My research is theoretically oriented around the idea of “networked im/mobility” (see also, networked immobility and networked immobilities): how individuals, groups, and institutions negotiate micro and macro forms of mobility and immobility in public and private space through the use of information and communication technologies. I locate my scholarship at the intersection of media and communication studies, science and technology studies, and disability studies. I also draw on my professional experience in educational children’s media as a researcher and strategist with Sesame Workshop, Nickelodeon, and Disney.