academic pubs

I attended MIT’s Comparative Media Studies graduate program in the early 2000s and have been conducting research and writing about the results ever since.  I had the good fortune to work with Dr. Henry Jenkins, a leader in online engagement and education practices while working for Project New Media Literacies, and later with Harvard’s Dr. Howard Gardner, a legend in education circles for his theory of multiple intelligences.


Weigel, Margaret (2011). “How the Digital is Impacting Perceptions of Quality in Aesthetic Domains.” Popular Communication ICA Preconference. May 25, 2011. Boston, MA.

Weigel, Margaret (2011). Weigel, M. “Changes in Youth Production Using Digital Media.” MIT7 conference. May 14, 2011. Cambridge, MA. powerpoint slides

Weigel, Margaret (2011). “The Networked Student: Digital Media’s (Unintentional) Tranformation of Formal Education, And What Educators Can Do.” American Educational Researchers Association (AERA) annual meeting, April 9, 2011. New Orleans, Louisiana.

Weigel, Margaret (2011). “Framework for New Media Literacy.” Plenary presentation, One Laptop Per Child Association, Innovation in Evaluation Workshop. April 4-5, 2011, Cambridge, MA. powerpoint slides

Weigel, Margaret, C. Straughn and H. Gardner (2010). “New Digital Media and their Potential Cognitive Impact on Youth Learning”. In: New Science of Learning: Cognition, Computers and Collaboration in Education, Khine, Myint Swe; Saleh, Issa M. (Eds.) Springer. 2-22.

Weigel, Margaret (2010). “Youth, Development and Autonomy in the Digital Age.” Society of Research on Adolescence Biannual Conference, March 11-13, 2010. Philadelphia, PA. powerpoint slides

Weigel, Margaret (2010). “Square Peg in a Round Hole? Technology and the Classroom.” Diversifying Participation Conference, February 18-20, 2010. La Jolla, CA.

Weigel, Margaret, and K. Davis (2009). “Social Development and Youth in the Facebook Age.” Learning and the Brain conference, November 20-22, 2009. Cambridge, MA. 

Weigel, Margaret and C. Straughn, with C. James and H. Gardner (2009). “Multiple Worlds: Adolescents, New Digital Media and Shifts in Habits of Mind.” Final report, Developing Minds and Digital Media, Harvard University School of Education. PDF document

Lyons, E. (moderator), Lyons, T., McCune, Z., Sessums, C., and Weigel, M. (2009). Management: Dealing with inappopriate content, getting students motivated to participate, and creating the right culture and relationships inside social environments. Social Technology and Education conference, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA.

Weigel, Margaret and H. Gardner (2009). “Literacy and the web – the best of both worlds.”Educational Leadership, March 2009. link

Davis, Katie, M. Weigel, C. James, and H. Gardner (2009). Social Development in the Era of New Digital Media. GoodWork Publications, Harvard University Graduate School of Education. PDF link

Weigel, Margaret, C. James and H. Gardner. (2009). “KEYWORD ARTICLE: Learning: Peering backward, and looking forward in the digital era.” International Journal of Learning and Media, 1(1). March 2009.PDF document

Weigel Margaret, K. Davis, C. James and H. Gardner (2009). New Digital Media, Social Institutions and the Changing Roles of Youth. GoodWork publications, Harvard University Graduate School of Education.  PDF document

Weigel, Margaret and K. Heikinnen (2007). Developing Minds with Digital Media: Habits of Mind in the YouTube Era. GoodWork Publications, Harvard University Graduate School of Education. PDF document

Weigel, Margaret (2007). “Media, Melville, and Remixing Classic Content.” Plenary session, the xx Biannual Melville Conference, May 8-10, 2007. New Bedford, MA.

Weigel, Margaret and M. Burnette Stogner (2007). “The NML New Media Exemplar Library”. MIT5 conference, April 29, 2007. Cambridge, MA.

Jenkins, Henry, with R. Purushotma, K. Clinton, M. Weigel and A. Robison (2006). “Confronting the Challenges of Participatory Culture: Media Education for the 21st Century.” White paper for the MacArthur Foundation. Published by MIT Press, 2009. PDF file

“Electronic Signs: Pleasure, Perversities and Capital.” Media(ted) Spectacles conference, April 17-19, 2005, Plymouth State University, Plymouth, MA.

“Electronic Sign Spectaculars in Manhattan, 1892 -1917:Modern Delights and Moral Panics”.Accepted for inclusion in the “Science, Technology and Society” session of the Mid-Atlantic Popular Culture/American Culture (MAACPC) conference, November 1-3, 2002, Pittsburgh, PA.

“Graffiti, Technology, and Public Spaces: The Dilution of Alternative Responses through the Removal of the Physical.” Accepted for inclusion in the Race for Digital Space (RDS) 2.0 conference, October 11, 12, 2002, USC, Los Angeles, CA.

Signs, Sin and the City: The Disappearance of Electric Bulb Sign Spectaculars from the American Landscape”. Accepted for inclusion in the Society of Commercial Architecture annual meeting, September 27-29, 2002, Reno, NV.

“The New Times Square: Display, Debauchery, and Hegemony.” Accepted for inclusion in the “Themes and the City: Themed Environments and the Construction of Urban Imaginaries” session on the Crossroads in Cultural Studies Fourth International Conference, June 29-July 2, 2002, Tampere, Finland.

“Electric Bulb Signs in Manhattan, 1881-1917: Technology, Commerce and Spectacle.” Paper presented at the MIT2 Conference on Media and Globalization, May 10-12, 2002, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA.

Guest lecturer, “Advertising and 9/11: Responses.” Presented to Introduction to Media Studies class, MIT, February 2002.

Guest presenter, “Advertising and 9/11: Responses.” Presented at “9/11: What Next?” conference at Initiative Media, New York, NY, November 2001.

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