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.

Carrie James

Carrie James is a Research Director and a Principal Investigator at Project Zero at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Her research explores the digital, civic, and moral dimensions of young people’s lives. Since arriving at Project Zero in 2003, Carrie has worked with Howard Gardner and colleagues on The Good Project, an initiative focused on excellence, engagement, and ethics at work, in school, at play, and in civic and political life. Carrie currently co-directs The Good Participation Project, which is part of MacArthur’s Youth and Participatory Politics research network. Carrie also co-directs Out of Eden Learn, an online learning community and educational companion to journalist Paul Salopek’s epic Out of Eden walk. She is a Lecturer on Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a recurring faculty member at Project Zero’s institutes for educators. She holds an M.A. (1996) and a Ph.D. (2003) in Sociology from New York University.