Fellow

Michelle Morgenstern

Elis Olsson Memorial Foundation Fellow
Class: 2021
Hometown: Vienna, Virginia
Degrees:
B.A. Franklin & Marshall College (2009)
M.S. University of Pennsylvania (2010)
M.A. University of Virginia (2018)
School:
Graduate School of Arts & Sciences
Department:
Anthropology

Michelle Morgenstern is a Ph.D. candidate in linguistic anthropology in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Virginia. Her dissertation research explores how American teenagers participate in “peer-driven” projects of social critique and social justice on social media. Michelle is currently conducting a year of ethnographic fieldwork for this project to explore her argument that American youth are increasingly spending their time in spaces mediated by digital technologies - spaces where text, not verbal speech, is the ubiquitous form of communication and with the acknowledgment that educators, journalists, parents, activists, and youth themselves are turning increasing attention to the interaction of new media and online platforms in participatory politics and civic engagement.

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