Hello, My name is Akesha Horton. I am a doctoral student in Michigan State University's (MSU) Department of Curriculum, Teaching and Educational Policy, housed in the College of Education. My research interest is the intersection of global and digital citizenship education. My research has been based in urban areas throughout the United States. I examine how youth engage with popular culture such as music and games, and make meaning from their experience. While at MSU, I served as a technology consultant for my department, as well as managed the content management system for the College of Education. I also have worked as a research assistant in various programs involving urban youth. I have an MSc in Education - Instructional Systems Technology from Indiana University and over 15 years of professional experience in the area of educational technology, most recently at Howard University, where I served as Coordinator of Web Design and Web Based Instruction for their Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. In May I earned a Fulbright-mtvU fellowship to do research in Sydney, Australia, during the 2010-11 school year. This research involves learning how youth learn to be global and digital citizens through their use of popular culture; specifically hip-hop.
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