I am a researcher and professor in the Communication Studies Department at California State University, Northridge. My research focuses on the relationships between digital communication, civic/political engagement and social change. Much of my work considers the role of communication technology in the cultural and political lives of youth from historically disenfranchised groups. Recent research projects also include studies of citizens’ media in Colombia, Burma, and the United States, and how under-resourced parents support their children’s learning in the digital age. I particularly enjoy community-based research, and I have worked or collaborated with a number of innovative youth and community media projects including the award-winning Mobile Voices, Hiperbarrio, and the Chiapas Media Project. Prior to pursuing my doctorate I worked in development communication and program evaluation as a Program Officer for FilmAid International, and in documentary filmmaking.