Lalitha Vasudevan is Professor of Technology and Education in the Communication, Media, and Learning Technologies Design Program at Teachers College, Columbia University. Over the past 20 years, she has explored the intersection of adolescent literacies, media and technologies, youth culture, and juvenile justice. She engages participatory, ethnographic, and multimodal methodologies to study how youth craft stories, represent themselves, and enact ways of knowing through their engagement with literacies, technologies, and media.
Lalitha has conducted a variety of studies with court-involved youth including: a longitudinal, ethnographic study with youth in an alternative to incarceration program; an oral history based qualitative research project with young men at Rikers Island; and an ongoing multi-sited study of participatory, arts-based, multimedia storytelling with adolescents at afterschool program located in an alternative to detention program. In addition to working with court-involved youth, she has explored the pedagogical practices of inclusive and special education teachers, the literacy and identity practices of middle school adolescents inside classroom settings, and the multimodal literacy and media engagements of adolescent boys. Lalitha has co-edited two volumes that explore the intersections of youth, media, and education: Media, Learning, and Sites of Possibility and Arts, Media, and Justice: Multimodal Explorations with Youth (both published with Peter Lang), and is currently writing a book about education, multimodal play, and belonging in the lives of court-involved youth.
Holding Ourselves Accountable: Pushing through Paralysis by “Getting Proximate” (2017, HuffPost essay)