Youth and Media Lab Mentors are close friends, collaborators, and trusted voices that bring insight from vantage points in law, communication, journalism, youth development, and social justice work, among other areas, to critically inform the direction of the Lab. The diversity of the Mentors’ perspectives suits the style of the Lab – eclecticism is a key feature of our intellectual and programmatic agenda. We strive to complete a feedback loop between researchers, policymakers, and practitioners, all while empowering youth to direct our research and teaching efforts. As such, diverse voices and insights shed much insight on how to integrate and realize our goals. Our Mentors currently include:

June Casey

June Casey is Reference Librarian and holds a newly created position as Coordinator of Pro Bono Research at Harvard Law Library. She has been one of the primary developers of legal content for the InfoAdvantage Project. June has also been a strong advocate for the expansion of InfoAdvantage, in part because of the project’s usefulness for the wide variety of geographically dispersed clinical and pro bono programs that she services for the law school. June holds an M.I.L.S. from Simmons College, a J.D. and Master of Intellectual Property Law degree from Franklin Pierce Law Center, and an A.B. from Wellesley College.

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Erhardt Graeff

Erhardt Graeff is a research assistant on the Good Participation study and The GoodPlay Project. His research focuses on questions of internet and society with a heavy emphasis on civic engagement, digital inequality, education, journalism/media, and social capital. Erhardt is a lead researcher with the Web Ecology Project, which studies social media and internet culture, a co-founder of BetterGrads, an early-stage online college mentoring organization, and a founding trustee of The Awesome Foundation, which gives monthly grants to awesome projects. He has an M.Phil. in Modern Society and Global Transformations from the University of Cambridge and bachelor’s degrees in information technology and international studies from Rochester Institute of Technology.

Erhardt’s personal website is; and on Twitter he is @erhardt.

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Eszter Hargittai

Eszter Hargittai is Associate Professor of Communication Studies and Faculty Associate of the Institute for Policy Research at Northwestern University where she heads the Web Use Project. She received her Ph.D. in Sociology from Princeton University where she was a Wilson Scholar. Before joining the faculty at Northwestern, she was a post-doctoral fellow at the Center for Arts and Cultural Policy Studies of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton. In 2006/07 she was a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford.

Her research focuses on the social and policy implications of information technologies with a particular interest in how IT may contribute to or alleviate social inequalities. Her research projects have looked at differences in people’s Web-use skills, the evolution of search engines and the organization and presentation of online content, political uses of information technologies, and how IT are influencing the types of cultural products people consume.

In addition to her academic articles, her work has also been featured on CNNfn, the BBC’s Web site and several national dailies. Her work has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation, the Markle Foundation, the Dan David Foundation and the Russell Sage Foundation, among others.

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Reynol Junco

Rey Junco is a social media scholar who investigates the impact of social technologies on college students. Rey’s primary research interest is using quantitative methods to analyze the effects of social media on student psychosocial development, engagement, and learning. His research has also focused on informing best practices in using social technologies to enhance learning outcomes. For instance, Rey’s research has shown that technology, specifically social media like Facebook and Twitter, can be used in ways that improve engagement and academic performance. Rey has recently published papers on: the relationship between Facebook use, student engagement, and learning, the academic effects of multitasking, the digital divide in cell phone ownership and use, using social media to promote civil discourse on college campuses, and how Twitter can be used for academic purposes in order to increase student engagement and improve grades.

Rey earned his doctorate in education in counselor education from Penn State University. Rey also earned his master’s degree in clinical psychology from Penn State where he studied and conducted research in neuropsychology. He holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from The University of Florida where he studied and conducted research in neuroscience. He is currently a Professor in the Department of Academic Development and Counseling and the Director of Disability Services at Lock Haven University where he teaches first year seminar courses for undergraduates and graduate courses on social media in higher education.

Rey blogs about his research at and tweets at @reyjunco.

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Andres Lombana Bermudez

Andres Lombana Bermudez researches, teaches, and practices digital media. He has been a lifelong student of the relationships between technology, youth, politics, and everyday life. His current research focuses in the opportunities that the digital networked environment is opening for social change, civic participation, community building, and learning. He is an advocate and a practitioner of participatory culture and media literacy. At the Berkman Center, he collaborates in the development of the Youth and Media Lab by designing curricula, producing multimedia, and researching. Andres is a second year PhD student in Media Studies at UT-Austin. Previously, he completed a MSc in Comparative Media Studies at MIT, and bachelor’s degrees in Literature and Political Science at Universidad de los Andes, in Bogota, Colombia. More information about Andres can be found at his website.

Joyce Neys

Joyce Neys is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Media and Communication at the Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) in the Netherlands. Her project, entitled ëEmpowered Citizens ñ How New Media Facilitate Civic Engagementí aims to investigate how and to what extent the production and use of new media by citizens facilitates an enhanced context for civic engagement. Currently she is investigating political remix videos (PRVs).

Next to her PhD Joyce is a lecturer at the International Bachelor for Communication and Media program at the EUR. She teaches introduction courses in Communication Science, research workshops and the introduction course in Statistics.

Before holding this position Joyce was a junior researcher at the University of Amsterdam where she also obtained her (research) Masterís degree in Communication Science as well as her Bachelorís degree. Additionally, she holds a Bachelor in Digital Communication from Hogeschool Utrecht.

Joanna Marinova

“Having your voice respected and a say in your destiny is an unalienable human right. I do this work because I believe in the value of our communities, the richness of diversity, and the power of our stories to transform. I dedicate my work to giving the silenced people, issues, and communities a voice.”

With a B.S. in International Relations and Economics from the University of Toronto, Joanna has solid corporate experience having worked for Citizens Bank and Wellington Financial Management. She was the founder and president of Women in Life Learning, a Toronto based nonprofit. Joanna has over 7 years of experience and a proven track record in management, operations and development work in nonprofits.

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Maura Marx

Maura Marx is Executive Director of the Open Knowledge Commons (OKC), a nonprofit organization that works with libraries to help create the broadest possible public access to knowledge. OKC’s efforts have been dedicated to bringing the printed materials in libraries online. This year Maura’s work is focused on helping to form a national strategy for a public access digital library.

She received a B.A. in German from the University of Notre Dame, an M.A. in Italian from Middlebury College and an MSLIS from Simmons College.

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Justin Reich

Justin Reich is co-Director of EdTechTeacher, and author of Best Ideas for Teaching with Technology: A Practical Guide for Teachers by Teachers. Justin is a doctoral candidate at the Harvard University School of Education and project manager of the Digital Collaborative Learning Communities Project, funded by the Hewlett Foundation.

Justin conducts statistical research on usage statistics drawn from over 175,000 educational wikis, and he has conducted observational research in schools and classrooms in Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Virginia, Georgia, and California. He has written several articles on education technology integration that have appeared in the Washington Post, the Christian Science Monitor, the Boston Globe, and other publications. A former world history teacher at Noble & Greenough School in Dedham, Massachusetts, Justin developed a variety of new curriculum and lesson plans around chatting, blogging, online research, and other projects involving new and emerging technologies. Justin is co-webmaster of Best of History Web Sites and co-director of The Center for Teaching History with Technology.

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Geanne Rosenberg

Geanne Rosenberg, a journalist and attorney, is a professor at City University of New York’s Baruch College and CUNY’s Graduate School of Journalism. She is the director of the Harnisch Collaborative Future of Journalism Projects and the principal investigator of McCormick Foundation, Carnegie Corporation, and David and Katherine Moore Family Foundation-funded journalism projects relating to media law, journalism education, citizen journalism and news literacy. She directed Baruch’s journalism program for four years prior to the 2008 launch of the Department of Journalism and the Writing Professions and served for three years as founding chair.

Geanne has written for the New York Times, the National Law Journal, Columbia Journalism Review, Nieman Journalism Lab and many other news outlets.  With support from the McCormick, Knight and Harnisch Foundations, she organized and directed the first-ever news literacy summit for high school students and a workshop for news and media literacy experts.  She authored and produced Knight Citizen News Network’s Top Ten Rules for Limiting Legal Risk and the Citizen Journalist’s Guide to Open Government and co-authored two Poynter Institute News University media law modules, including Online Media Law: The Basics for Bloggers and Other Online Publishers (available at and Newsgathering Law & Liability: A Guide for Reporters.

Geanne has a J.D. from Columbia University’s School of Law, where she was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar; an M.S. in Journalism from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism; and a B.A. in English from Bryn Mawr College.

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