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Carrie James

Director of Design Based Implementation Research

Carrie James, Director of DBIR, leads the Design Based Implementation Research on the Democratic Knowledge Project. She is a Research Associate and Principal Investigator at Project Zero (PZ). A sociologist by training, over the past decade, James has led research and educational initiatives focused on ethical issues in digital life, participatory politics in a connected age, and cross-cultural online learning experiences. A core feature of her work is the design of classroom curricula and pedagogical tools. With Emily Weinstein, James co-directs Digital Dilemmas, a study of how youth, educators, and parents approach thorny dilemmas of networked life. In collaboration with Common Sense Education, James and Weinstein build classroom approaches for digital life and citizenship. James is also co-director of Out of Eden Learn, an online community designed to bring youth from diverse backgrounds together for learning experiences and meaningful dialogue. Her publications include the book,Disconnected: Youth, New Media, and the Ethics Gap(The MIT Press, 2014) and numerous articles in peer-reviewed education and media journals. Carrie holds an M.A. (1996) and a Ph.D. (2003) in Sociology from New York University.

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The Democratic Knowledge Project is an initiative of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University.