Briana is interested in studying all things children's media including representation, family communication, joint media engagement, and sociological contexts of media use.
In addition to doctoral research, Briana makes an effort to remain connected to the children's media industry. She currently serves as Director of Membership for the LA Chapter of the Children's Media Association. Prior to USC, Briana was Research Manager at the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop, where she worked primarily on the Families and Media Project doing research with families to highlight the innovative ways that they incorporate technology into their lives and learning arrangements. She has worked as a researcher on Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood, Super WHY, and Wishenpoof. Her passion for diverse representations in media also led her to KIDMAP (Kids' Inclusive & Diverse Media Action Project), a grassroots coalition that aims to support the creation of research-based diverse children's content.
Briana received her master's from the Harvard Graduate School of Education in the Technology, Innovation, and Education program, and earned her BA from the University of Pennsylvania in Communication and Cinema Studies with a minor in Africana studies.