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 Principal Investigator at Project Zero and Lecturer on Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Her work explores young people’s digital, moral, and civic lives. Over the past decade, Carrie has led and collaborated on research and educational initiatives focused on ethical issues in digital life, participatory politics in a connected age, and cross-cultural online learning experiences. With Howard Gardner, Carrie co-directed The Good Play Project, a MacArthur Foundation-funded study of ethics and digital life, and The Good Participation Project, focused on youth digital civic participation. Gardner and James’s research has informed Common Sense Media’s educational efforts related to digital citizenship. In 2017, Carrie launched Digital Dilemmas, a study of how educators, parents, and youth approach thorny dilemmas of networked life. She is also co-director of Out of Eden Learn, an online learning community that brings youth from diverse backgrounds together to exchange stories and make connections.  Carrie’s publications include the book, Disconnected: Youth, New Media, and the Ethics Gap (The MIT Press, 2014), as well as more than a dozen peer-reviewed publications. Carrie has an M.A. and a Ph.D. in Sociology from NYU. She is also a parent to two technology-loving children, ages 8 and 12.


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