Meryl Alper graduated magna cum laude from Northwestern University in 2005, double majoring in Communication Studies and History. She also holds a certificate in Early Childhood Education from UCLA. Prior to her graduate studies, Meryl interned in the Education & Research Department at Sesame Workshop and worked as Research Manager for the Emmy-nominated Nick Jr. preschool television series “Ni Hao, Kai-lan.” Her main areas of research are families' evolving relationships with old and new technologies, transmedia and children's learning, and the media practices of youth with disabilities. Meryl has been published in ACM interactions, the Journal of Early Childhood Literacy, and the Journal of Children and Media. She has a forthcoming book chapter on children and convergence culture in the Handbook of Children, Adolescents and Media. Her research has also been featured in Wired Magazine and she is the recipient of a Top Student Paper Award in the Children, Adolescents and Media Division at ICA. You can find her on Twitter @merylalper or online at merylalper.com.