My CV in official (long-winded) GT format is here.

About Amy Bruckman

Amy Bruckman is a Professor in the School of Interactive Computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology. She and her students in the Electronic Learning Communities (ELC) research group do research on social computing, particularly for educational applications. She is interested in the ways that we can design online communities to encourage individuals to create and share content online, and learn through that process.

Bruckman is studying collaboration and creativity online on existing sites (like newgrounds.com), and using that as a basis to design tools to support peer production of content. One noteworthy example of collaborative peer production of content is Wikipedia. Bruckman and her students study how Wikipedia actually works, including studies of regular contributors, administrators, and people banned from the site. In the Science Online project, she is exploring how students can learn about science by writing about it for a public audience on a wiki.

Bruckman is a member of the Georgia Computes! Broadening Participation in Computing Alliance. In the Glitch Game Testers project, she is working with economically less advantaged minority youth who love video games but typically don't consider careers in technology. Glitch students work as game testers working on real pre-release games, and this activity is complemented by contextualized computing education. Through this, the teens are developing an interest in pursuing technology education and careers. In another project, Bruckman is teaching teens who love social computing how to design their own social computing sites, to encourage their interest in computing education and careers.

Bruckman has written about ethical issues in Internet research, and was a member of working groups on this topic organized by AAAS, AoIR and APA.

Bruckman received her Ph.D. from the MIT Media Lab's Epistemology and Learning group in 1997, her M.S.V.S. from the Media Lab's Interactive Cinema Group in 1991, and a B.A. in physics from Harvard University in 1987. In 1999, she was named one of the 100 top young innovators in science and technology in the world (TR100) by Technology Review magazine. In 2002, she was awarded the Jan Hawkins Award for Early Career Contributions to Humanistic Research and Scholarship in Learning Technologies.