Dr. Jacqueline Ryan Vickery conducts research on young people's digital media practices as they intersect with issues of equity, identity, privacy, literacy, and policy. She approaches research from a qualitative perspective and draws methodologically from ethnography, feminist media theory, and discourse analysis. She strives to make her research accessible and applicable to youth and youth-serving organizations through community outreach, media workshops, and public talks.
Vickery is the author of, Worried about the Wrong Things: Youth, Risk, and Opportunity in the Digital World (2017, The MIT Press). Through discursive analysis and in-depth ethnographic research, the book argues that media panics about online dangers overlook another urgent concern: creating equitable online opportunities for marginalized youth. Additionally, Vickery is a co-author of the forthcoming book titled The Digital Edge: The Evolving World of Social, Educational, and Digital Inequality, which will be published by NYU Press in early 2018. Currently Vickery is working on a co-edited anthology with Dr. Tracy Everbach (Mayborn School of Journalism, UNT) called Mediating Misogyny: Technology, Gender, and Harassment (working title) which is a collection of essays about the ongoing worldwide harassment of women online.
Dr. Vickery has also published work on privacy and surveillance, digital literacy and equity in after-school clubs, conducted analyses of anonymity in meme production, blogs, and forums, and researched issues of online femininity and gender performance. Her work is published in Journal of Children and Media; Information, Communication, & Society; Equity & Excellence in Education; Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, FlowTV and several other online publications. She frequently presents at national and international conferences including: the Association of Internet Researchers, Console-ing Passions Feminist Media Conference, Digital Media & Learning, and the Society for Cinema and Media Studies.
From 2011-2014 Dr. Vickery served as an Associated Researcher for the The Digital Edge, an ethnographic research project funded by the MacArthur Foundation's Connected Learning Research Network. The interdisciplinary project explores how students, teachers, and families are engaging digital media in the face of significant social, financial, educational, and familial challenges. The project seeks to understand the many different nodes -- peer, familial, online, extra-curricular -- that shape young people's learning ecologies.
Dr. Vickery is the co-founder of and an co-advisor for the interdisciplinary Digital Media Studies Certificate at UNT and serves on the Executive Committee for the Women's Faculty Network at UNT. In effort to put her research and passions into practice, she also founded and facilitates a summer Digital Storytelling Workshop for local teens in foster care.
- Ph.D. in Media Studies, 2012 - University of Texas at Austin
- M.A. in Media Studies, 2008 - University of Texas at Austin
- B.A. in Communication, 2006 - University of Oklahoma
Courses taught at UNT:
- Digital Literacies & Social Activism
- Digital Media & Society
- Youth Media
- Gender & Digital Cultures
- Community Media Education
- New Media Theory
- Social Media Strategies