Dr.Jacqueline Ryan Vickery conducts research on young people’s digital media practices as they intersect with issues of equity, identity, privacy, literacy, and policy. She approaches research from a qualitative perspective and draws methodologically from ethnography, feminist media theory, and discourse analysis. She strives to make her research accessible and applicable to youth and youth-serving organizations through community outreach, media workshops, and public talks.

Current Research Projects

Worried About the Wrong Things: Youth, Risk, and Opportunity in the Digital World

Book cover

I published my first book in May 2017, Worried About the Wrong Things: Youth, Risk, and Opportunity in the Digital World (The MIT Press, 2017) The book argues that media panics about online dangers overlook another urgent concern: creating equitable online opportunities for marginalized youth. The book explains that cautionary tales about online risk have shaped the way we think about technology and youth. She analyzes the discourses of risk in popular culture, journalism, and policy, and finds that harm-driven expectations, based on a privileged perception of risk, enact control over technology. Opportunity-driven expectations, on the other hand, based on evidence and lived experience, produce discourses that acknowledge the practices and agency of young people rather than seeing them as passive victims who need to be protected.

Mediating Misogyny: Technology, Gender, and Harassment 


Along with my colleague, Tracy Everbach (Mayborn School of Journalism, UNT), I just signed a contract with Palgrave-MacMillan for my second book: Mediating Misogyny: Technology, Gender, and Harassment. The anthology consists of 18 original chapters about the ways women, particularly women of color, experience harassment online. The book is expected to be published early 2018.

The Digital Edge: The Evolving World of Social, Educational and Digital Inequality

Vickery is a co-author of the forthcoming book, The Digital Edge, which will be published by NYU Press in early 2018. The book – co-authored with S. Craig Watkins, Alexander Cho, Andres Lombana-Bermudez, Vivian Shaw, and Lauren Weinzimmer – is an  interdisciplinary project that explores how students, teachers, and families are engaging digital media in the face of significant social, financial, educational, and familial challenges. The book seeks to understand the many different nodes — peer, familial, online, extra-curricular — that shape young people’s learning ecologies.

My Keynote Address delivered at the Technology in Education conference – January 2017

Select Journal Articles & Book Chapters 

Media discourses of girls at risk and domestication of mobile phone surveillance In Emmeline Taylor and Tonya Rooney (eds.) Surveillance, Childhood and Youth

“I don’t have anything to hide, but…”: The challenges and negotiations of social and mobile media privacy for non-dominant youth. Information, Communication, & Society .

Talk Whenever, Wherever: How the U.S. mobile phone industry commodifies talk, genders youth mobile practices, and domesticates surveillance. Journal of Children and Media

The Curious Case of Confession Bear: Reappropriating online macro image memes. Information, Communication, and Society.

The Role of After-School Clubs in Closing Participation Gaps and Expanding Social Networks. Equity & Excellence in Education, Special Issue Participation Gaps and Digital Literacies, 

 “i HATE HATE HATE being single’ and ‘why is getting a bf so hard for me?’: Reproducing heteronormative femininity on”. Girlhood Studies Journal

Blogrings as Online Communities for Adolescent Girls.” In Mazzarella, Sharon (Ed.) Girl Wide Web 2.0: Revisiting Girls, the Internet, and the Negotiation of Identity

Youth Teaching Youth: Learning to code as an example of interest-driven learning. Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy

Foreword. In A. Albarran (Ed.). The Social Media Industries.  [2014 Picard Book Award from the Media Management Division at Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC)]

Around the Web

Flow Columns (critical forum on TV & media culture)

Oh Snap!: Stop Shaming the Sext

Your tumblr makes me want to study

Beyond privacy: concerns about social surveillance 

House, FB: A Consideration of Convergence Marketing 

Sometimes a Woman Just Wants to Be On Top – Desperate Housewives and a “Woman’s Place”

Connected Learning Research Network Blog Posts

Creative Ways Teens Maintain Social Privacy with Social Media

SCMS (invited blogger)

When My Brain Gets Too Full

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