Digital Pedagogy, Not Reserved for the Online Course (Or, Why I’m Hyper for Hyperlinks)

I teach in a Criminology and Criminal Justice program that offers a bachelor’s degree, a master’s degree, and a 4+1 accelerated program allowing students to obtain their BA and MA in five years. To make our programs more accessible to students, we offer all of our graduate courses online every other semester. This means that […]

Using Twitter Lists and Hashtags for Personal Learning Networks

Professional (or Personal) Learning Networks After reading a couple articles on Personal/Professional Learning Networks (PLNs), I realized that I’ve been doing something similar on Twitter without realizing there was a name for it. What’s a PLN? The way I understand it, a PLN is a loose community of people centered around a particular subject or […]

(Digital) Networking Across Communities: From Organizing to Academe

After graduating from college I spent a year working as a community organizer on issues at the intersection of labor and immigration. I had taken a number of social justice-oriented courses during my undergraduate studies, including a course on activism and organizing, but this did little to prepare me for the job. Making matters more […]

(Digital) Networking Across Communities: From Organizing to Academe

After graduating from college I spent a year working as a community organizer on issues at the intersection of labor and immigration. I had taken a number of social justice-oriented courses during my undergraduate studies, including a course on activism and organizing, but this did little to prepare me for the job. Making matters more […]

There’s a Professor in my Twitter!

  As I think about digital identity, I find myself thinking about authenticity.  Is it possible—or positive—to be one’s authentic self in the digital world.  On an existential level, what does it even mean to have an authentic self? Considering this in a virtual context caused me to think about the question in real life. […]

Sometimes at Odds: Privilege and Digital Identity as a Community-Engaged Academic

For most of my research projects, I work hard to apply a community-based participatory research (CBPR) approach. As described by the Detroit Urban Research Center, this is: a partnership approach to research that equitably involves, for example, community members, organizational representatives, and researchers in all aspects of the research process and in which all partners […]

“Your Daughter is Pretty” and Other Musings on Context Collapse

“Your daughter is really pretty,” he said.  I visibly startled at his statement.  How did my mid-20’s male student know anything about my 4-year-old daughter? When asked, he explained that he searched me on social media, did google searches, and connected the “digital dots” to find pictures of my family.  That’s the day I silenced […]

Before, With, and Against the Internet: Legal Consciousness and Our Digital Selves

I think about identity a lot. I read about it. I research it. I write about it. While at times seemingly disparate, covering topics like capital punishment, community policing, immigration, the legal profession, MS-13, the Occupy Movement, procedural justice, and state-corporate/corporate-state crime, my work is united by it. Identity is, indeed, at the core of […]