Professor in Residence and MacArthur Foundation Chair in Digital Media and Learning, University of California, Irvine
Mimi Ito, Ph.D., is Professor in Residence and MacArthur Foundation Chair in Digital Media and Learning at University of California, Irvine. She also serves as Research Director of the Digital Media and Learning Research Hub and as Advisory Board Chair of the Connected Learning Alliance. Mimi is a cultural anthropologist who studies new media use, particularly among young people in Japan and the US. She’s previously worked at the Institute for Research on Learning, Xerox PARC, and Apple, studying the emerging field of social and cultural studies of digital technology use as a part of her graduate studies at Stanford University. Her doctoral work was part of the Fifth Dimension project led by Michael Cole, and for many years, she had a research group at Keio studying mobile technology use. Recently, she completed a study with Peter Lyman and Michael Carter on a multi-year project on digital kids and informal learning, with support from the MacArthur Foundation. Mimi has authored a book on children’s software (Engineering Play: A Cultural History of Children’s Software), co-authored a book on the digital youth project (Hanging Out, Messing Around, and Geeking Out: Kids Living and Learning with New Media), and edited a book for MIT Press with Daisuke Okabe and Misa Matsuda (Personal, Portable, Pedestrian: Mobile Phones in Japanese Life). Her research on anime fandom is featured in Fandom Unbound: Otaku Culture in a Connected World. Mimi holds an M.A. in anthropology, a Ph.D. in education, and a Ph.D. in anthropology from Stanford University. She is based in Los Angeles, California.