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"The Seven Myths of the Digital Divide: How Class, Race and Ethnicity Clash with Internet Utopia"


Jen Schradie
Doctoral Candidate
Department of Sociology

University of California Berkeley

Jen Schradie is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Sociology at UC Berkeley and the Berkeley Center for New Media. She has a master’s degree in sociology from UC Berkeley and an MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School. She studies social class, social media and social movements. Her broad research agenda is to interrogate digital democracy claims in America. After she published two articles on digital production inequality in Poetics and Information, Communication and Society, the publicity she garnered from these publications earned her the 2012 Public Sociology Alumni Prize at UC Berkeley. With a National Science Foundation Grant, she is researching the relationship between technology and democracy among social movement and labor organizations in the American South. Before entering academia, Jen directed six documentary films, including “The Golf War – a story of land, golf and revolution in the Philippines.” Most of her films, however, focused on social movements confronting corporate power in the American rural South. Schradie’s documentaries have screened at more than 25 film festivals and 100 universities.