Dr. Herr-Stephenson is a media researcher focused on teaching and learning with popular culture and technology. She earned her Ph.D. from the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Southern California in 2008.
Currently, Becky is a Research Associate for the Children, Youth, and Media research and design track at the Annenberg Innovation Lab at USC. Her position is jointly supported by the Cooney Center and the Innovation Lab; therefore, her current research aims to bridge the goals of both organizations and focuses on participatory learning for elementary school students.
Becky was the Joan Ganz Cooney Center’s 2010-2011 Research Fellow. Prior to joining the Center, she was a postdoctoral researcher with the Digital Media and Learning Hub within the Humanities Research Institute at UC Irvine and a member of the research team for the Digital Youth Project, a three-year ethnography of youth media practices, both funded by the MacArthur Foundation.
A life-long fan of children’s media, Becky has an encyclopedic knowledge of Sesame Street and all things having to do with the Harry Potter franchise. She is co-author of Teaching Harry Potter: The Power of Imagination in Multicultural Classrooms (2011, Palgrave MacMillan) and Hanging Out, Messing Around, and Geeking Out: Kids Living and Learning with New Media (2009, MIT Press).