Melissa Brough is a faculty member at Cal State Northridge. She was a postdoctoral researcher for the Connected Learning Research Network at the Digital Media and Learning Research Hub, directed by Mizuko (Mimi) Ito. She completed her Ph.D. in communication at USC’s Annenberg School in 2014. As a scholar and practitioner, her work focuses on the relationships between digital media, citizen engagement, youth empowerment, and social change, emphasizing community-based research. As a Fulbright grantee in Medellin, Colombia, she carried out her dissertation research on youth engagement and participatory public culture in the digital age. She has collaborated with a number of youth and community media initiatives including Mobile Voices and the Chiapas Media Project. Prior to pursuing her Ph.D., she worked in development communication as a program officer for FilmAid International, and in documentary filmmaking. She received her B.A. in development studies and modern culture and media from Brown University.