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.

Gabriel Peters-Lazaro

Gabriel Peters-Lazaro is an Assistant Professor of Cinema Practice in the Division of Media Arts + Practice at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts. He researches, designs and produces digital media for innovative learning. He is a member of the Media Activism and Participatory Politics (MAPP) project and is currently working to develop participatory media resources and curricula to support new forms of civic education and engagement for young people. Through the Hypercinemas Research Group he investigates the continuities between emerging technologies of representation and the earliest experiments of cinema in order to transcend spectacle and achieve a material understanding of current tools and how they can support a critically engaged cinematic practice. He helped create The Junior AV Club, an action research project that explored mindful media making and sharing as powerful practices of early childhood learning. As a member of the advisory board of LA Makerspace he helps to bring innovative learning explorations to youth in Los Angeles through the public library system. As a producer and cinematographer he is currently in post-production on a feature length documentary on assisted reproductive technologies (ART). He teaches courses for undergraduate and graduate students dealing with critical media making and theory. He received his B.A. in Film Studies from UC Berkeley, completed his M.F.A in Film Directing and Production at UCLA and is a Ph.D. candidate in Media Arts + Practice.