Meryl Alper is an Assistant Professor of Communication Studies at Northeastern University and a Faculty Associate at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University.
Dr. Alper studies and teaches about the social implications of communication technologies, with a focus on youth and families, disability, and mobile media. Her research questions center around how young people whom society largely considers lacking in social and/or language skills due to their disabilities challenge and complicate dominant conceptions and theories of sociality and communication through their media and technology practices.
She is the author of Digital Youth with Disabilities (MIT Press, 2014) and Giving Voice: Mobile Communication, Disability, and Inequality (MIT Press, 2017), a book which critically examines the idea that technologies “give voice to the voiceless” through the lens of disability. Dr. Alper’s work has appeared in journals such as New Media & Society, International Journal of Communication, and IEEE Annals of the History of Computing. Her research has received press coverage from such publications as The Atlantic and Wired.
Dr. Alper has also worked for over a decade as a researcher, strategist, and consultant in the children’s media and technology industry with companies including Sesame Workshop, Nickelodeon, and Disney.
Prior to joining the faculty at Northeastern, Dr. Alper earned her doctoral and master’s degrees from the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at the University of Southern California. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies and History from Northwestern University.