Mimi Ito


Cultural Anthropologist, Professor in Residence

Mimi Ito is a cultural anthropologist and learning scientist investigating children and youth’s changing relationships to media and communications. Her work decodes digital youth culture for parents and educators, offering ways to tap interests and digital media to fuel learning that is engaging, relevant, and socially connected. She is the director of the Connected Learning Lab and Professor in Residence and John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Chair in Digital Media and Learning at the University of California, Irvine. She is also co-founder of Connected Camps, a non-profit providing online learning experiences for kids in all walks of life. Her most recent books include Participatory Culture in a Networked Era and Affinity Online: How Connection and Shared Interest Fuel Learning.