Youth Online People
Denise E. Agosto, Professor
Research Areas: youths' social media practices, children's and teens' digital information behaviors, public library services
Denise Agosto studies youth and information, with a particular interest in how libraries and other information agencies can best serve youths' information needs and interests. She holds a PhD from Rutgers University, an MLIS from The University of Texas at Austin, and a BS from Georgetown University. A full list of her publications and awards is available here.
Michael Dickard, Doctoral Student & Research Assistant
Research Interests: Social Structure, Group Processes, Computer-Supported Cooperative Work/Learning, Social Networks, Social Inequality
Michael is interested in the ways by which individual characteristics, social structure, and technology design influence people's use of social technologies to meet both individual and collective goals, and how differences in such use may contribute to social inequality. Michael received his Masters in Sociology from Ohio University and is currently a PhD student at Drexel University's College of Computing & Informatics.
Andrea Forte, Assistant Professor
Research Areas: Social Computing, Computer-Supported Cooperative Work, Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning
Andrea Forte is interested in how people use and understand social technologies that support collaboration and learning. Her current projects focus on Web and information literacies. She holds a PhD in Human-Centered Computing from Georgia Institute of Technology, and an MLIS from the iSchool at The University of Texas at Austin. She enjoys spending time online with her friends and family and dreaming of faraway places.
Rachel Magee, Doctoral Student & Research Assistant
Research Interests: youth, families, Human-Computer Interaction, information access and literacy, information behavior/practice, privacy, online risk, social media, and online dating
Rachel Magee is currently in her third year of doctoral studies at Drexel University's College of Computing & Informatics. Her dissertation focuses on teens' preferences and choices with regards to technology, and how those influence the information they are able to access, use, and share. Rachel also researches online dating and relationships created via technology.
Patri O'Gan, Administrative Research Assistant
Patri O'Gan received her Masters in Library and Information Science from Drexel University. In addition to her work with the Youth Online research group, she is also an Assistant Veterinary Librarian with the University of Pennsylvania and is currently interning with the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History in Washington, DC.
Michelle W. Purcell, Doctoral Candidate & Research Assistant
Research Interests: computer-supported cooperative work, human-computer interaction, free and open source software, open innovation
Michelle Purcell is doctoral candidate in Drexel University's College of Computing & Informatics. Her dissertation focuses on understanding affordances supporting communities of innovation.