Rosalie Fay Barnes was the curriculum developer of the Creative Rights project. She received her Ed.M from Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE) in 2008. Prior to Harvard, Rosalie worked as a literacy teacher with special ed and therapeutic-needs teenagers, and used video production, play making, and soft-sculpture construction to teach everything from philosophy to SAT.
Catherine Bracy is a first-year Master of Public Affairs student at the LBJ School of Public Affairs, University of Texas-Austin where she is studying media’s influence on the policy-making process. Prior to graduate school Catherine served in many staff positions at the Berkman Center, most recently as administrative director. As part of her work as Administrative Director, she coordinated the Youth and Media Policy project. She continues to work with the Youth and Media team on news literacy and information quality initiatives. She began at the Berkman Center in 2002, shortly after earning her BA in Communication from Boston College.
Corinna di Gennaro was a Fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society and a Research Associate at the Oxford Internet Institute (OII) at the University of Oxford. She is a sociologist working on the social implications of Internet adoption and use for civic and political engagement. Her main expertise is in political sociology, survey analysis and quantitative methods of social research. At the Berkman, Corinna was working on the Digital Natives project and on her research on social capital and political participation, with a particular focus on how young people are using new information and communication technologies to become politically engaged. Prior to joining the Berkman, Corinna was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow (2006-2007) at the USC Annenberg Center for Communication at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, and Survey Research Officer (2004-2006) at the Oxford Internet Institute (OII) at the University of Oxford, where she worked on the design and analysis of the 2005 Oxford Internet Survey (OxIS), the British component of the World Internet Project (WIP), an international project coordinated by the USC Center for the Digital Future, which explores Internet adoption and use across 25 countries by carrying out longitudinal and cross-sectional survey analysis of Internet users and non-users. Corinna holds a D.Phil in Sociology (2004) from the University of Oxford, with a dissertation on “Social Capital and Political Participation in Britain”, an M.Phil in Sociology (2000) from the University of Oxford and a B.Sc. in Sociology (1998) from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).prep.
Gene Koo focuses on emerging methods of education in a digitally networked world. In collaboration with the Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction, he is developing a commons where law professors can collaboratively create teaching materials. He also studies the intersection of video games and moral development. Gene helped found Legal Aid University, which provides training and professional development to poverty lawyers across the nation. Prior to his appointment at the Berkman Center, Gene worked at Mass. Law Reform Institute, where he coordinated a knowledge management website for the state, helped develop a portal to educate Massachusetts residents on their legal rights, and advised on technical and practical implementation of a statewide case management system. He is also involved with efforts across several law schools to use virtual environments for legal instruction (CyberOne, State of Play Academy). Gene graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School in 2002, where he wrote his final paper on the effectiveness of online discussion systems as a complement to traditional law school classes. He graduated from Harvard College magna cum laude in 1997 with a concentration in Social Studies.
Miriam Simun coordinated research and education initiatives for the Digital Natives project. She enjoyed talking to students of all ages about their lives on screens of all sizes, posting on the Digital Natives blog, and learning about the creative activities and fascinating social spaces young people are engaging online. Prior to joining Berkman, Miriam earned a B.S.c in Sociology from the London School of Economics, taught photography to Burmese school children, and served as research assistant at See Change, evaluating youth leadership development organizations. When not exploring digital lives of online youth, Miriam ponders how architectures (both technological and analogue) can be better built to re-invigorate spontaneity and play in public spaces, and reminisces of diving in the Andaman Sea.
Toshie Takahashi is a faculty fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University. She is also Associate Professor in the Department of Communication and Media Studies, Rikkyo University, in Tokyo, Japan. Before joining the Berkman Center, she was appointed visiting research fellow at the Department of Education at the University of Oxford.
Her current research is a ethnography centered on cross-cultural research into youth and digital media among US, UK and Japan. Through an examination of youth engagement with digital technologies in everyday life, her current research at the Berkman Center focuses on the implications of social and cultural issues such as identity, digital literacy, creativity, privacy and safety in the global world.
A media ethnographer, her writings have been included in both Japanese and International Media Studies anthologies, for example, Audience Studies: A Japanese Perspective (2009, Routledge), International Handbook of Children, Media and Culture (K. Drotner and S.Livingstone eds., 2008, Sage), the journal New Media and Society (2010, Sage), Media Communication Theory (T. Takeuchi, K. Kozima and Y. Hashimoto eds., 2005, Hokuju, in Japanese), and The Handbook on Socio-information studies (S. Yoshimi and T. Hanada eds., 2004, University of Tokyo Press, in Japanese).
Professor Takahashi is Deputy Head of the Audience Section of the IAMCR (International Association for Media and Communication Research). She graduated with a PhD in Media and Communications from the London School of Economics and Political Science, an MA in Sociology from the University of Tokyo and a BSc in Mathematics from Ochanomizu University.