Dr. Negin Dahya is an Assistant Professor in the area of Digital Youth at the University of Washington Information School, Seattle, WA. Her research expertise includes digital media and learning, media education, refugee education and technology, as well as feminist, sociotechnical, and postcolonial theory.

Dr. Dahya’s work is focused on the social and cultural contexts of how digital media and communication technology are used and produced among girls, women, people of color, immigrants, and refugees. Recent project work explores how technology mediates educational practices and learning outcomes for refugee communities in refugee camps, with a current focus on mobile phones and social media applications. Dr. Dahya also works locally with girls of color in Canada and USA exploring the relationship between technology, pedagogy, and representation in digital media making practices among minoritized young people. Public press such as this “Digital Media and Forced Migration” article provide a good view of her range of expertise.

Theoretically, Dr. Dahya adopts a socio-technical lens, building on theory from science and technology studies, feminist theory, anti-oppressive education and critical pedagogies, postcolonial theory, and media and culture studies; methodologically, Dr. Dahya conducts ethnographic, qualitative, and visual research. She has published in Comparative Education, American Educational Research Journal, Learning, Media & Technology, and Diaspora, Indigenous, and Minority Education, among other journals, reports, and public media. A full list of publications is available here.

Dr. Dahya is part of the Digital Youth Lab at the University of Washington Information School. She serves as an Adjunct Assistant Professor in Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies and she is an Affiliate Faculty at The Center for Communication, Difference & Equity. Dr. Dahya is the iSchool elected representative to the UW Graduate School Council, sits on the iSchool Informatics Program Committee, and is a Faculty Co-Advisor to the Women in Informatics (WINFO) student group. She additionally serves on committees for Reel Grrls, Inter-Network Agency for Education in Emergencies, and Borderless Higher Education for Refugees.