YPP Network Description

The MacArthur Research Network on Youth and Participatory Politics (YPP) formed out of recognition that youth are critical to the future of democracy and that the digital age is introducing technological changes that are impacting how youth develop into informed, engaged, and effective actors.

Joseph Kahne

Joseph Kahne is the Ted and Jo Dutton Presidential Professor for Education Policy and Politics at the University of California, Riverside. He is also Chair of the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Youth and Participatory Politics (YPP). Through this network, scholars from diverse disciplines examine ways participation with digital media is shaping and reshaping youth civic and political engagement. Professor Kahne's research and writing focuses on the influence of school practices and new media on youth civic and political development. Currently, with Cathy Cohen, he is Co-Principal Investigator of the YPP survey project. Scholarship from this project draws on a nationally representative survey of youth and examines engagement with new media and politics. He is also Co-PI with Erica Hodgin of Educating for Democracy in the Digital Age – working with Oakland Unified School District and the National Writing Project on a district-wide civic education effort. Professor Kahne's articles have received outstanding paper of the year awards from the American Educational Research Association, the American Political Science Association Division of Teaching and Learning, and several other organizations. He sits on the steering committee of the National Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools and on the advisory board of the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning.