Amy Stornaiuolo is a doctoral student at the University of California, Berkeley graduating in May 2012 from the Language, Literacy, and Culture program in the Graduate School of Education. She will begin as Assistant Professor in Reading/Writing/Literacy at the University of Pennsylvania in the fall.
Amy’s research examines youth’s multimodal composing practices across contexts, teachers’ uses of digital technologies in educational programs, and social networks as sites of cosmopolitan practice. A longtime teacher of adults and adolescents whose access to new textual and communicative forms has been limited by systemic inequities, Amy has been interested in how young people’s communicative capacities can be supported by an educational framework that integrates digital tools and practices, particularly for adolescents whose experiences and beliefs are not always taken into account.
In her most recent work, Amy served as the project manager for an international social networking project, Space2Cre8.com, a design research study that connected adolescents in five countries via a social network they collaboratively designed with teachers and researchers. Her dissertation research was an ethnographic exploration of how teachers incorporated social networking into their pedagogies over two years of the Space2Cre8 project. She also served as chief editor of the Berkeley Review of Education, a peer-reviewed online journal devoted to exploring issues of equity and diversity.