About Me

I’m Associate Professor of Literacy, Culture, and Language Education and affiliate faculty in the Learning Sciences and Early Childhood Education programs. My research reconceptualizes young children’s play as an embodied literacy that produces action texts made with moving bodies or animation rather than print on a page or screen. Taking a critical sociocultural perspective, I study play in playrooms, classrooms, museums, and makerspaces, looking at how players interact with toys, popular media, video games, YouTube, Twitter, and other social networks. 

Current research projects include:

  • Literacy Playshop: Critical media literacy through toyhacking and digital media in PK-16 classrooms
  • Literacy and STEM learning in a Doc McStuffins museum exhibit (with Dr. Adam Maltese)
  • Design Playshop: Embodied literacies in makerspaces (with Dr. Kylie Peppler)

Books include: