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Dr. Emily Southerton
BA Villanova University
PhD Stanford University

Dr. Emily Southerton was awarded her BA from Villanova University and her PhD from Stanford University. She studies the development of youth agency and social justice efforts and strives to better understand how they relate to social writing technologies and curricula.  

Her dissertation was a mixed methods, critical action, and design-based research project, titled: "Reimagining Youth Agency and Social Media Platforms with Middle School Girls and Nonbinary Youth" 
Before Stanford, she taught middle school ELA, Humanities, and Computer Science in Haddonfield, NJ and Jackson, MS.  

She also created the Poet Warriors Project, a digital publishing platform that amplifies the work of youth poets from low-income schools across the country: www.poetwarriorsproject.com. 

Her work has been published most recently in the journals, Computers and Composition (2023) and, The Journal of Educational Research (2023) and the books AI in Learning: Designing the Future (2023) and Literacies in the Platform Society–Histories, Pedagogies, Possibilities (forthcoming). 

She's from central Pennsylvania, was educated in public schools, and is the proud great-granddaughter, daughter, and sister of Pennsylvania public school educators!