About Dr. Christine Greenhow (@chrisgreenhow)


Dr. Christine Greenhow is an Assistant Professor in the College of Education at Michigan State University where she was recently named a Lilly Fellow, a distinction recognizing instructional excellence and developing faculty leaders campus-wide.  Formerly, she was an assistant professor in the College of Education and the School of Information Studies at the University of Maryland, College Park. She completed postdoctoral work  at the University of Minnesota’s Institute for Advanced Studies and College of Education where she won the university’s Outstanding Postdoctoral Scholar Award for extraordinary scholarly achievement. From 2009-2010, she was a visiting fellow in the Information & Society Project at Yale University, and is currently working on a book about education and social media. Christine earned her doctorate from Harvard University where she was a Larson Fellow.  Her research focuses on learning in social  media contexts and the design of networked spaces, such as social network sites and open source social networking applications, from learning sciences, new literacy studies, and learning technologies perspectives and with the goal of improving theory, practice and policy. In 2013, she received funding from the Gates Foundation, with collaborators, Nicole Ellison and Bernie Hogan to study and develop an educational Facebook app. She was the PI on the Youth and Social Media research project funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and Founding Chair of the Social Networks Research Collaborative, an interdisciplinary research group at the University of Minnesota. Her work has been featured in local, national and international news media. She has been active in national educational reform and policy efforts and is the co-founder of an award-winning educational non-profit. For more information please see links at left.

New! Twitteracy: Tweeting as a New Literacy Practice,” The Education Forum.

New! VIDEO (10 min): My talk on learning and social media research. National Cyberlearning Research Summit, sponsored by the National Science Foundation and SRI (January, 2012)

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Recent or Upcoming Talks

March 31st, 2013

June, 2013 – International Communication Association Conference
Speaker, From theory to practice: Exploring Social Media as an Instructional Tool. (London, UK)

April, 2013 – American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting
Speaker, IGNITE! Featured Presidential Session: Access to Knowledge in the Age of Social Media. (San Francisco, CA)

November, 2012 – Literacy Research Association Conference
Speaker, Literacies in Online Social Networking Applications: The Case of HotDish. (San Diego, CA)

November, 2012 – Claremont Colleges and Scripps Humanities Lecture Series
Featured Speaker, Help from Friends: Learning in Online Social Networking Applicatons. (Claremont, CA)

July, 2012 – Virginia Department of Education, “Vision to Practice” Conference
Featured Speaker, Impact of Social Network Sites on Adolescent Learners. (Williamsburg, VA)

May, 2012 – Learning & the Brain Conference “Web-Connected Minds”
Featured Speaker, Help from Friends: Impact of Social Network Sites on Adolescent Learners. (Washington DC)

April, 2012 – American Educational Research Association
Paper session, Scientific literacy in niche social networking apps (Vancouver, Canada)

April, 2012 – American Educational Research Association
Paper session, Learning in niche online social networks (Vancouver, Canada)

January, 2012 – National Science Foundation Cyberlearning Summit
Sponsored by the National Science Foundation and SRI International. (Arlington, Virginia)

November, 2011 – Cisco Systems & Joan Ganz Cooney Center
Networked Participation Workshop. (New York, New York)

April, 2011 – Manchester Metropolitan University
Computer-assisted Learning Conference (CAL) 2011. (Manchester, England, United Kingdom)

April, 2011 – Open University
Invited Talk. Institute for Educational Technology. (Milton Keynes, England, United Kingdom)

April, 2011 – American Educational Research Association
Session, New Times, New Learning: Using Digital Environments and Assessments to Promote Sustainable Learning (New Orleans)

April, 2011 – American Educational Research Association
Literacies in a Niche Online Social Networking Application  (New Orleans)

February, 2011 – Learning & the Brain Conference
Featured Speaker, Youth, Learning & Social Network Sites. Co-sponsored by L&B Research at Stanford, Berkeley, Harvard, Yale, MIT (San Francisco)

December, 2010 – Michigan State University
Invited Talk, Title still to be determined.  (East Lansing, MI)

December, 2010 – Literacy Research Association/National Reading Association
Symposium, Going ‘Meta’ on Methodology: Important Approaches to Literacy Research (Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas)

August, 2010 – European Educational Research Association
Symposium, Recrafting formal education: Shifting the boundaries of formal and informal learning (Helsinki, Finland)

June, 2010 – International Society of the Learning Sciences
Symposium, Content Analysis of Collaborative Knowledge Artifacts: Issues & Opportunities for Research (Chicago, IL)

Summer, 2010 – Ontario Institute for Educational Studies (OISE), University of Toronto
Social Network Sites as Social Learning Resources (date tbd) (Toronto, Canada)

April, 2010 – American Educational Research Association
Symposium, Complex ecologies: Moving Beyond Educational Researcher Position Statements (Denver, CO)

April, 2010 – American Educational Research Association
Literacies in Online Social Network Sites  (Denver, CO)

April, 2010 – Institute for New Media Studies
Learning and Literacies in Social Network Sites (Minneapolis, MN)

March, 2010 – University of Nevada
Learning in Social Network Sites: Interesting Questions for Research

February, 2010 – MacArthur Digital Media & Learning Conference
Panel, Participatory Learning: Square Peg in Round Hole?  (La Jolla, CA)

January, 2010 – Economic and Social Research Council, UK
Keynote, Mixed Reality Spaces and Learning (Lancaster, England)

January, 2010 – Tufts University, Department of Child Development
Learning and Literacy in Online Social Networks (Medford, MA)

December 12, 2009 – On the Future of Media
Youth as Media Producers: The Hot Dish Example  (Minneapolis, MN)

October 7, 2009 – HARVARD-MIT-YALE Cyberscholars Series
Youth, Niche Social Media, and ‘Learning’ (MIT, Cambridge, MA)

September 24, 2009 – Minnesota Childrens Hospitals Fall Pediatric Conference
Cynthia Hobbie Lecture, The Rise of Social Networking (Saint Paul, MN)

September 18, 2009 – New Media Institute Fall Conference, Minneapolis
Social Media Research in Education (Minneapolis, MN)