CV (Updated 07-17-2014)
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.
Alper’s research centers on understanding the social and cultural uses of communication technologies from a historical and sociological perspective. Her work focuses specifically on three areas: 1) children and families’ media and technology use, 2) disability and digital media, and 3) the role of mobile communication technologies in everyday life. Her scholarship is located at the intersection of media and communication studies, science and technology studies, and disability studies.
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 (forthcoming, MIT Press). Her work has been published in New Media & Society, International Journal of Communication, Journal of Early Childhood Literacy, and Digital Culture & Education.
Her research has been featured in The Atlantic, The Verge, Gizmodo, and Wired. 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.