Dr. S. Craig Watkins
Keynote Speaker, July 26
S. Craig Watkins studies young people's social and digital media behaviors. He teaches at the University of Texas, Austin, in the departments of Radio-Television-Film, Sociology, and the Center for African and African American Studies. Craig is also a Faculty Fellow for the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement. He received his PhD from the University of Michigan.
He is the author of three books including, The Young and the Digital: What the Migration to Social Network Sites, Games, and Anytime, Anywhere Media Means for Our Future.
He is a member of the MacArthur Foundation's research network on Connected Learning. Among other things his work in the network will include leading a team of researchers in an ethnographic study of teens and their participation in diverse digital media cultures and communities. Working with an Austin-based game studio Craig is also developing a game design workshop for young teens. The workshop will explore the connections between digital media, design, game authorship, social media literacy, and civic engagement.
Craig blogs for dmlcentral.com, the online presence for the Digital Media and Learning Research Hub hosted at the University of California Irvine campus, and the HuffingtonPost. For updates on current research visit his website, www.theyoungandthedigital.com