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CONTACT:

E-mail: matt.rafalow(at)gmail.com

EDUCATION:

University of California, Irvine
PhD in Sociology, 2016

Columbia University, Teachers College
MA in Sociology and Education, 2010

RESEARCH INTERESTS:

Education, Youth, Digital Technology, Culture, Research Design, Social Theory

RESEARCH EXPERIENCE:

Google (YouTube)
Research Lead, YouTube (Spring 2016 – Present)

Google (YouTube)
Researcher (Summer 2015)

The Governance Lab
Design Researcher (Summer 2014)

Yahoo! Labs
Scientist (Summer 2013)

Connected Learning Research Network
Graduate Researcher (Winter 2011 – June 2016)

PUBLICATIONS:

Ito, Mizuko, Crystle Martin, Rachel Cody Pfister, Matthew H. Rafalow, Katie Salen and Amanda Wortman. (Forthcoming, 2018). Affinity Online: How Connection and Shared Interest Fuel Learning. New York: NYU Press. [Link]

Rafalow, Matthew H. 2018. “Disciplining Play: Digital Youth Culture as Capital at School.” American Journal of Sociology. [Link]

Rafalow, Matthew H. and Jessica M. Kizer. 2017. “Mommy Markets: Racial Differences in Lesbians’ Dating Preferences for Women with Children.” Journal of Lesbian Studies. [Link]

Rafalow, Matthew H., Cynthia Feliciano, and Belinda Robnett. 2017. “Racialized Femininity and Masculinity in the Preferences of Lesbian and Gay Male Daters.” Social Currents. [Link]

Rafalow, Matthew H. and Britni L. Adams. 2016. “Navigating the Tavern: Technology-Mediated Connections and Relationship Persistence in Bar Settings.” Symbolic Interaction. [Link] [Draft PDF]

Rafalow, Matthew H. 2016 “Tinkering Online: Digital Supports for Making and Sharing.” In Makeology: Makerspaces as Learning Environments, edited by Kylie Peppler, Erica Halverson, and Yasmin Kafai. New York: Routledge Press. [Link] [Draft PDF]

Korobkova, Ksenia, and Matthew H. Rafalow. 2016. “Navigating Digital Publics for Playful Production: A Cross-Case Analysis of Two Interest-Driven Online Communities.” Digital Culture & Education 8(10). [Link]

Rafalow, Matthew H. 2015. “n00bs, Trolls, and Idols: Boundary-Making among Digital Youth.” Sociological Studies of Children and Youth. [Link] [Draft PDF]

Martin, Crystle and Matthew H. Rafalow. 2015. “Gendered Barriers to Participation in Gaming Cultures.” In Proceedings of GenderIT Conference, Philadephia, PA, April 25. [Link]

Rafalow, Matthew H. 2014. “Connected Learning at School: The U.S. Context.” Revue Internationale D’Éducation Sévres (RIES). [Link] [Draft PDF]

Rafalow, Matthew H. 2014. “Fashioning Learning: Connected Learning through Fashion Design.” Case report for the Connected Learning Research Network. Irvine, CA: Digital Media and Learning Research Hub. [PDF]

Rafalow, Matthew H. 2014. “The Digital Divide in Classroom Technology Use: A Comparison of Three Schools.” International Journal of Sociology of Education 3(1): 67-100. [PDF]

Rafalow, Matthew H. 2014. “Welcome to Sackboy Planet: Learning Among LittleBigPlanet 2 Players.” Case report for the Connected Learning Research Network. Irvine, CA: Digital Media and Learning Research Hub. [PDF]

Rafalow, Matthew H. 2013. “Gender Theories in Education.” In Sociology of Education: An A-to-Z Guide, ed. James Ainsworth. SAGE publications. [Link] [Draft PDF]

WORKS IN PROGRESS:

Rafalow, Matthew H. “Bad Trees, Not Apples: School-Level Influences on Bullying.” (in development)

Rafalow, Matthew H. Disciplining Play: Education and Youth Culture in the Twenty-First Century. (book manuscript under review)

Rafalow, Matthew H., Cynthia Feliciano, and Thomas Elliott. “Cultural ‘Tastes’ and Race: Interest- and Race-Based Boundaries among Daters.” (under review)

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES & SERVICE:

Reviewer: Social Science Research, Journal of Family Issues, New Media & Society, Computer-Human Interaction, International Journal of Sociology of Education, Sociology of Race and Ethnicity (2012-Present), MIT Press, Sociological Perspectives, Teachers College Record, American Journal of Sociology
Council, ASA Section on Children & Youth (2018-Present)
Board of Directors, Sociology of Education Association (2017-Present)
Program Committee, Media & Communication, Pacific Sociological Association (2018)
Communications Committee, ASA Section on Children & Youth (2016-2018)
Digital Editor, Sociology of Education Association (2014-Present)
Junior Scholar and Advisor, Digital Media & Learning Commons for Professional Development, UCI (2014-2016)
Admissions Committee, Department of Sociology, UCI (2013-14)
Mentoring Committee, Digital Media and Learning Conference (2012)
Faculty-Student Representative, SGSA, UCI (2011-12)
Cohort Representative, SGSA, UCI (2011-12)
Welcoming Committee, SGSA, UCI (2011)
Mentor for the UCI LGBT Mentoring Program (2010-Present)
Publications Committee, Section on Children & Youth (2009-Present)
American Sociological Association (ASA) Member (2007-Present)
ASA Section Member: Children & Youth, Education, Culture, Sex/Gender, Race/Class/Gender, Sexualities (2007-Present)
Alumni Recruitment Committee, University of Richmond (2007-Present)
Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies Student Rep., University of Richmond (2005-06)

GRANTS & AWARDS:

Best Paper Award, Communication, Informational Technologies, and Media Sociology Section of the American Sociological Association (2016)
Semifinalist, Spencer Dissertation Award  (2016)
Outstanding Research Award, University of California-Irvine (2015)
Fellow, USC Annenberg Summer Institute on Diversity in Media & Culture (Summer 2014)
Summer Research Fellowship, University of California, Irvine (Summer 2012-14)
Bruce Wade Memorial Scholarship, University of California, Irvine (2012-13)
Semifinalist, Point Foundation Scholarship (2012)
Institute Fellow, University of California Educational Evaluation Center (Summer 2011)
Social Science Award, University of California, Irvine (2010-15)
Social Science Tuition Fellowship, University of California, Irvine (2010-11)
WILL Award for Outstanding Richmond College Student, University of Richmond (2006)
Scholarship Winner and Conference Participant, Consortium for Higher Education Collaboration (2005)
Full-Tuition Scholarship, University of Richmond (2002-06)

SKILLS & TRAINING:

Data Analysis Software: SPSS, Stata, Dedoose, Excel
Data Collection: Field Methods (Interviews, Observation), Survey (Web data)
Languages: Spanish (basic), HTML (basic)