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Emilia Askari

Michigan State University

United States of America - Franklin

Emilia Askari is interested in technology, learning and civic engagement. As a doctoral student at Michigan State University, she assists professor Christine Greenhow. Askari's dissertation will explore how high school students in Flint, MI use entrepreneurial thinking to solve societal problems.


Askari will present research at SITE that grew out of a multi-year demonstration project in digital storytelling that she co-directed with 8th grade students in a Midwestern suburb. In addition to being a researcher in educational technology, Askari is a journalist, a teacher, and the mother of two teens. Before she began her studies at MSU, Askari spent two decades as a reporter at newspapers including the Detroit Free Press and the Miami Herald. Over the years, she's won more than 20 prizes and fellowships and served on the national boards of several professional organizations, including the Accrediting Council for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. Askari has a bachelor's degree in economics and creative writing from Brown University, a master's degree in journalism from Columbia University, and a master's degree in information studies from the University of Michigan,where she studied human-computer interaction, social media and digital preservation. Askari also has taught environmental journalism at the University of Michigan for a decade and a half.