Dr. Negin Dahya is an Assistant Professor in the area of Digital Youth at the University of Washington Information School, Seattle, Washington. Her research is grounded in anti-oppressive education, postcolonial and feminist theory, with a focus on girls and women of color using technology. Specifically, Dahya’s work explores how social and cultural contexts shape youth digital media production and technology use. Through her research, Dahya seeks to better understand the complexities and nuances related to what young people learn using technology and what young people create. This includes consideration for the tools in use and the social and political context of digital production and participation. Her work also addresses the social, cultural and political contexts related to technology use in teaching and learning environments for young people, people of color, girls and women. Dahya’s research interests also include the following: the role of school-based video game development as an intervention to support STEM learning and the digital arts; and, the role of transnational teaching and learning through digital technologies like instant messaging and social media.
Dr. Dahya is part of the Digital Youth Lab at the University of Washington Information School. She is an Adjunct Assistant Professor in Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies and Affiliate Faculty at The Center for Communication, Difference & Equity. Dahya works closely with the non-profit girls film production organization, Reel Grrls, and is involved with the international online education consortium, Borderless Higher Education for Refugees. She is actively seeking community partners in digital and social media focused on equity for girls and women of color, particularly in the Seattle, Washington area. She will be teaching INFO 102: Gender & Information Technology in the Fall 2015 and INFX 598: Digital Media & Community Development in Winter 2016 at the University of Washington Information School.
You can follow her day-to-day ramblings on Twitter @MsNegin.