meryl-alper

I am an Assistant Professor of Communication Studies at Northeastern University and a Faculty Associate with the Berkman Klein 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. I am especially interested in the opportunities and challenges that media and technology provide young people with developmental disabilities (such as autism and childhood apraxia of speech) and their families in the digital age. I approach this research through both social science methods (e.g., qualitative fieldwork) and humanistic inquiry (e.g., historical analysis).

You can find some of this work in my books, Digital Youth with Disabilities (MIT Press, 2014), and Giving Voice: Mobile Communication, Disability, and Inequality (MIT Press, forthcoming 2017).

I locate my scholarship at the intersection of 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, strategist, and consultant with Sesame Workshop, PBS, Nickelodeon, and Disney.