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


University of California, Irvine
PhD in Sociology, 2016

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


Education, Youth, Digital Technology (Design, Digital Divides, Platformed Creation), Culture, Research Design, Qualitative and Mixed Methods


Staff Researcher, Google (2021 – Present)

Sr. Researcher, Stanford Ethnography Lab (2021 – Present)

Sr. Researcher, Google (2018 – 2021)

Visiting Scholar, UC Berkeley (2019 – 2021)

Researcher, Google (2016 – 2018)


Rafalow, Matthew H. 2020. Digital Divisions: How Schools Create Inequality in the Tech Era. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. [Link*CITAMS Best Book Award Winner, SOE Pierre Bourdieu Book Award Honorable Mention

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


Rafalow, Matthew H., and Cassidy Puckett. 2022. “Sorting Machines: Digital Technology and Categorical Inequality in Education.” Educational Researcher.

Rafalow, Matthew H. 2022. “Reliving, and Relearning, Middle School.” In The How To of Qualitative Research: Second Edition, edited by Janice D. Aurini, Melanie Heath, and Stephanie Howells. London: Sage.

Puckett, Cassidy and Matthew H. Rafalow. 2020. “From ‘Impact’ to ‘Negotiation’: Educational Technologies and Inequality.” In The Oxford Handbook of Sociology and Digital Media, edited by Sarah Sobieraj and Deana Rohlinger. Oxford: Oxford University Press. [Link]

Rafalow, Matthew H. 2019. Review of Technically Together: Reconstructing Community in a Networked World, by Taylor Dotson, MIT Press, 2017. Contemporary Sociology 48(2):159-161. [Link] [Open access pre-print]

Rafalow, Matthew H. 2018. “Disciplining Play: Digital Youth Culture as Capital at School.” American Journal of Sociology. [Link] [Open access pre-print] *CITAMS Best Article Award Winner, Honorable Mention for Children and Youth Section Scholarly Contribution Award

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] [Open access pre-print]

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] [Open access pre-print]

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

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] [Open access pre-print]

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] [Open access pre-print]

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

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]

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