Carrie James

Carrie James is a Principal Investigator and Research Associate 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 initiative on ethics and digital life, and The Good Participation Project, focused on youth digital civic participation and part of the Youth and Participatory Politics Research Network. Gardner and James’s research has informed Common Sense Media’s original educational efforts related to digital citizenship. In 2017, with Emily Weinstein, Carrie launched Educating for Digital Dilemmas, a study of how educators, parents, and youth approach thorny dilemmas of networked life.

James 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 a parent to two technology-loving children, ages 8 and 13.

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