I’m Katie, a Ph.D. candidate in the Media, Technology, and Society Program in the Department of Communication Studies at Northwestern University.
I study histories of media, technology, and grassroots practices of seeking, making, and sharing information in the early 20th century. My work is guided by interests in social media, media archaeology, everyday life, educational technology, and globalization.
The working title of my dissertation is “Nations as neighbors: Mediating internationalism in American education, 1900-1960.” It examines how U.S. educational investments in media technologies and materials in the first half of the twentieth century reflected concerns about youth and citizenship in an era of increasing internationalism and global interconnectivity. I explore this question through archival research and discourse analysis of a number of grassroots media practices in schools―including pen pal programs, travelogue slide shows and films, and goodwill exhibits. My research also asks how this history may have paved the way for contemporary ideals of “global” and “wired” classrooms.