CV (Updated 04-18-2014)
Meryl Alper is a Ph.D. Candidate in Communication at the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at the University of Southern California. She graduated magna cum laude from Northwestern University in 2005, double majoring in Communication Studies and History. She also holds a certificate in Early Childhood Education from UCLA.
Her research focuses on families’ evolving relationships with technology from a historical and sociological perspective. She has a particular interest in the media practices of young children and youth with disabilities, transmedia play and learning, and the connections between family life and DIY/hacker culture.
As an undergraduate at Northwestern, she was Lab Assistant Manager in the NSF-funded Children’s Digital Media Center/Digital-Kids Lab and interned in the Education & Research Department at Sesame Workshop in New York. Post graduation, she worked in Los Angeles as a Research Manager for Nick Jr., conducting formative research for the Emmy-nominated educational preschool television series Ni Hao, Kai-lan and The Fresh Beat Band. She is also a Research Associate with The Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop.
Alper is the author of Digital Youth with Disabilities (in press, MIT Press). She has been published in New Media & Society, International Journal of Communication, Journal of Early Childhood Literacy,and Digital Culture & Education. In addition, she has a book chapter in the recently published Routledge International Handbook of Children, Adolescents and Media (2013).
Her research has been profiled in The Atlantic, Wired Magazine and ACM Computers in Entertainment. She is also the recipient of the Top Student Paper Award (2011) in the Children, Adolescents and Media Division of the International Communication Association (ICA).
Meryl Alper can be reached via email at malper [at] usc [dot] edu, and on Twitter @merylalper.