I am an associate professor of literacy at the University of Pennsylvania, within the Literacy, Culture, and International Education division of the Graduate School of Education (I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter at @amystorn). My research interests center around digital literacies, adolescent and adult literacy, writing studies, education in global contexts, technology integration in schools, and teacher learning with media.
Given my interests in literacy and mobility, I spend time thinking about the relations between authors and audiences in new media composing contexts, focusing particularly on methods that can help trace how people, ideas, and texts travel and move in sometimes inequitable ways (see my work on transliteracies with Anna Smith and Nate Phillips). Toward this goal to examine young people’s creative capacities and work toward equity, I have collaborated with my colleague Ebony Elizabeth Thomas to study how young people are using new media tools and spaces to restory themselves and work toward textual justice.
In terms of my current research, I am concluding a five-year participatory ethnography in which I partnered with a local high school to study how they created makerspaces in their school (see a gallery of the literacy makerspace in its various iterations below).
We are also in the final stages of a collaborative NSF-funded study that connected young people around the world online as writers and change-makers. We developed student-facing analytics within the Write4Change (W4C) platform to help students learn about themselves as writers online. These visualizations helped youth understand the impact of their writing and promoted data literacy.
Related to data literacy, I recently completed a National Academy of Education/Spencer postdoctoral fellowship studying young people’s data literacy in a high school media makerspace. I am currently working with my partner teacher to write about our findings and curriculum.
Finally, I am entering the last year as an affiliated researcher with the Center on Standards, Alignment, Instruction, and Learning investigating the implementation of standards across multiple states. The team has developed a robust and useful set of interactive maps comparing all states’ policy implementation efforts.