Media & Communication Department
- Associate Professor, Media & Communication
Chair of the Department
Technology, Youth and Consumer Culture
Walson Hall 200
B.A., M.A., Ph.D., University of California, San Diego
Lora Taub-Pervizpour's work explores the links between communication and consumer culture, focusing in particular on new digital technologies and youth. Much of her thinking on these issues emerges from her long-term ethnographic research on the socio-cultural impacts of digital media in the lives of children. Locally, she explores these relationships in the context of HYPE, a youth leadership program for Allentown teens that uses digital media and documentary production as tools for engaging youth in communities from which they are traditionally and systematically excluded. This collaboration builds on earlier work between 1998 - 2001 with children and teachers in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and before that, in diverse communities in Calfifornia where she was a researcher with UCLINKS, a statewide network of University of California partnerships with community organizations to promote informal learning with technology after school. She is co-editor with Sue Jansen and Jeff Pooley of Media and Social Justice ( forthcoming in 2011 from Palgrave), which includes a chapter co-authored with Media and Communication alumni Eirinn Disbrow ('10) titled, "Detours Through Youth-Driven Media: Back Seat Drivers Bear Witness to the Ethical Dilemmas of Youth Media." She teaches Documentary Research, Environmental Communication, Children and Communication , Documentary Fieldwork, and New Information Technologies. Dr. Taub-Pervizpour also directs the RJ Fellows Program at Muhlenberg College and holds the Rita and Joseph Scheller Endowed Chair.