I am an Assistant Professor of Communication Studies at Northeastern University and a Faculty Associate with the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University.  I study the social and cultural implications of communication technologies, 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 (MIT Press, 2014) and in my forthcoming book, Giving Voice: Mobile Communication, Disability, and Inequality (Tentative title; Under contract with MIT Press).

My research is theoretically oriented around the idea of networked immobility, which I define as how individuals, groups, and institutions negotiate forms of mobility and immobility in public and private space through the use of communication technologies.  I approach this work through both social science methods (e.g. qualitative fieldwork) and humanistic inquiry (e.g. historical analysis).

I locate my scholarship at the intersection of media and communication studies, science and technology studies, and disability studies.  In my research and teaching, I also draw on my professional experience in educational children’s media as a researcher and strategist with Sesame Workshop, Nickelodeon, and Disney.

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  1. Hi Meryl you might want to investigate a colleague of mine at Emerson College – Ruth Grossman Ruth Grossman (Ruth_Grossman@emerson.edu). Fascinating research using facial technology to understand facial expression in autistic children…



    • Thanks, Angela! Always interested in hearing about new research approaches to better understanding the intersections of communication, technology, and the autism spectrum.


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