S. Craig Watkins studies young people's social and digital media behaviors. He teaches at the University of Texas, Austin, in the departments of Radio-Television-Film, Sociology, and the Center for African and African American Studies. He is also a Faculty Fellow for the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement at the University of Texas at Austin.
Watkins is the author of three books. His most recent book, The Young and the Digital: What the Migration to Social Network Sites, Games, and Anytime, Anywhere Media Means for Our Future (Beacon 2009), is based on survey research, in-depth interviews, and fieldwork with teens, young twenty-somethings, teachers, parents, and technology advocates. The Young and the Digital explores young people's dynamic engagement with social media, games, mobile phones, and communities like Facebook.
Currently, Watkins is a member of the MacArthur Foundation's research network, Connected Learning. Among other things his work in the network will include leading a team of researchers in an ethnographic study of diverse teens and their engagement with digital media across home, school, and their peer communities. He is also developing a project that looks at the connection between mobile technologies, youth, and civic engagement. Finally, he is conducting a series of case studies that investigate how educators are using social and digital media to redesign learning in both formal and informal learning environments.
For updates on these and other projects visit his website, theyoungandthedigital.com.