In Arts, Media, and Justice, the aesthetic contours of literacies and communication are explored through a collection of chapters authored by educators, emerging and established researchers, youth researchers, and teaching artists whose lives intersect with those of young people inside and outside of formal institutional settings. At the heart of the varied research and curricular projects - ranging from writing workshops and photography walks to a theater elective at an alternative to incarceration program - represented in this volume is the pursuit of play, imagination, multimodal expression. The authors share their experiences working with court-involved youth to explore issues related to justice, community, identity, and representation through engagement with multiple media and modes - including photography, theater, writing, painting, and video.
Lalitha M. Vasudevan (PhD in Education from the University of Pennsylvania) is an Associate Professor at Teachers College, Columbia University in New York in the Communication, Computing, and Technology in Education Program. Her publications have appeared in Digital Culture and Education, Written Communication, Teachers College Record, and Review of Research in Education. She is co-editor of Media, Learning, and Sites of Possibility (Peter Lang, 2007). Tiffany A. DeJaynes received her EdD in Communication and Education at Teachers College, Columbia University in New York City, in the Communication, Computing, and Technology in Education Program. She teaches qualitative research at a public high school in Brooklyn and literacy research at The City College of the City University of New York.