Meryl Alper is an Assistant Professor of Communication Studies at Northeastern University, a Faculty Associate at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University, and the author of Digital Youth with Disabilities (MIT Press, 2014).
Alper studies the social and cultural implications of networked communication technologies, with a focus on children and families’ technology use, disability and digital media, and mobile communication. Her work has appeared in journals such as New Media & Society, International Journal of Communication, and IEEE Annals of the History of Computing. Her research has received press coverage from such publications as The Atlantic and Wired.
She has also worked for over a decade as a researcher, strategist, and consultant in the children’s media and technology industry with companies including Sesame Workshop, Nickelodeon, and Disney.
Prior to joining the faculty at Northeastern, Alper earned her doctoral and master’s degrees from the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at the University of Southern California. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies and History from Northwestern University.