Katie Davis is an Associate Professor at the University of Washington Information School, Adjunct Associate Professor in the UW College of Education, and a founding member of the UW Digital Youth Lab. Her research explores the role of new media technologies in young people’s personal, social, and academic lives, with a particular focus on the intersection between technology and identity development during adolescence and emerging adulthood. Some of her current projects include investigating identity development across formal and informal learning spaces; using digital badges to recognize anytime, anywhere learning; and building public librarians’ capacity to incorporate digital media into their work with youth.
Katie holds two master’s degrees and a doctorate in Human Development and Education from Harvard Graduate School of Education. She was named a 2015 Rising Star by the Association for Psychological Science, an honor that recognizes outstanding psychological scientists in the earliest stages of their research career post-PhD. She is also the recipient of a 2015 National Science Foundation Early Career Development Award to support her research investigating how networked technologies can be leveraged to develop learners’ STEM identities and connect their STEM learning across informal and formal contexts.
Prior to joining the faculty at the UW iSchool, Katie worked with Howard Gardner and colleagues as a Project Manager at Harvard Project Zero, where she was a member of the GoodPlay Project and Developing Minds and Digital Media Project research teams. In addition to publishing and presenting her research in scholarly venues, Katie regularly shares her work with parents, teachers, business leaders, and policymakers in an effort to build connections between research and practice.
Katie is the co-author with Howard Gardner of The App Generation: How Today’s Youth Navigate Identity, Intimacy, and Imagination in a Digital World, which was published in October 2013 by Yale University Press. The book represents a synthesis of the research that Katie conducted with colleagues on the Developing Minds and Digital Media Project and the GoodPlay Project at Harvard Graduate School of Education. Drawing on interviews with young people, focus groups with the adults who work with them, and comparative analyses of youth’s artistic productions from 1990-2011, the book explores how today’s “digital youth” are different from the youth who grew up in a pre-digital era.