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I’m Katie, a Ph.D. candidate in the Media, Technology, and Society Program in the Department of Communication Studies at Northwestern University.

My research focuses on the history, culture, and politics of grassroots and global practices of mediated communication. In particular, I study ways in which users have historically mixed and mobilized different forms of old and new media to construct international identities, communicate across cultures, and seek and share global information in everyday life.

A geography classroom in 1919

I have explored this topic in various domains, including travel slide shows, scrapbooking and social media, user-generated travel journalism, and, for my dissertation research, global media in the classroom. Much of my work looks to the past to illuminate present-day trends in digital and “new media” culture.

My research has appeared in New Media & Society, Media, Culture, & Society, and MediaCommons, and has been supported by fellowships from the Social Science Research Council and the American Association of University Women.

A Skype call between students in Australia and Japan, 2012

A Skype call between students in Australia and Japan, 2012

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