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 and what young people create. This includes consideration for the technological tools in use, the social and political context of digital production and participation, and the impact of these factors on the production of digital artifacts and learning. The focus of her work lies at the intersection of learning and representation related to gender, class and race with/in digital media production. Dahya’s research interests also include the role of school-based video game development as an intervention to support STEM learning and the digital arts, as well as transnational teaching and learning through digital technologies like 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 agency, 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 in Winter 2015 and Spring 2015 at the University of Washington Information School.
You can follow her day-to-day ramblings on Twitter @MsNegin.