Doctoral Graduate Meryl Alper
Doctoral Graduate Meryl Alper

Meet Meryl Alper

Name: Meryl Alper

Graduation Year: 2015

Current Position: Assistant Professor of Communication Studies at Northeastern University; Faculty Associate at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University

Research Areas: New Media and Society; Disability and Technology; Children and Media; Mobile Communication

Selected Recent Publications:

Alper, M. (Under contract). Giving voice: Mobile communication, disability, and inequality. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. 

Alper, M. (2015). Augmentative, alternative, and assistive: Reimagining the history of mobile computing and disability. IEEE Annals of the History of Computing, 37(1), 93-96. 

Alper, M. (2014). Digital youth with disabilities. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

Alper, M. (2014). “Can Our Kids Hack It With Computers?”: Constructing youth hackers in family computing magazines (1983-1987). International Journal of Communication, 8, 673-698. 

Alper, M. (2014). War on Instagram: Framing mobile photography apps in embedded photojournalism. New Media & Society, 16(8), 1233-1248.

Ph.D. Dissertation: "Home Screen Home: How Parents of Children with Disabilities Navigate Family Media Use"; Committee: Henry Jenkins (Chair), Ellen Seiter, Mike Ananny, and Beth Haller.

Website/Twitter: / @merylalper

Favorite thing about USC Annenberg: My peers in the Ph.D. program, and the extended network of Annenberg Ph.D. alumni.  There’s much to be said about the important mentoring that takes place between faculty and students at USC, but I’m particularly grateful for the highly collaborative, socially supportive, and intellectually generous group of scholars whom I’ve had the opportunity to know and learn from.