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Christine Greenhow, EdD Biography

Educational Researcher and Research Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies at the University of Minnesota at Twin Cities
Pro to the question "Are Social Networking Sites Good for Our Society?"

“What we found was that students using social networking sites are actually practicing the kinds of 21st century skills we want them to develop to be successful today. Students are developing a positive attitude towards using technology systems, editing and customizing content and thinking about online design and layout. They’re also sharing creative original work like poetry and film and practicing safe and responsible use of information and technology. The Web sites offer tremendous educational potential.”

“Educational Benefits of Social Networking Sites,” University of Minnesota website, July 10, 2008

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Educational Researcher and Research Fellow, Institute for Advanced Studies, University of Minnesota at Twin Cities
  • Co-founder and Founding Board Member, Admission Possible, 2000-present
  • Visiting fellow, Information & Society Project, Yale University, 2009-2010
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, Learning Technologies, College of Education & Human Development, University of Minnesota at Twin Cities, 2007-2009
  • Member, National Educational Technology Leadership Summit, Washington, DC, 2008
  • Research Associate, Digital Media Center, University of Minnesota at Twin Cities, 2004-2007
  • Independent Consultant, Saint Paul Public Schools, 2003-2004
  • Project Coordinator, Center for Applied Research, University of Minnesota at Twin Cities, 2001-2003
  • Research Assistant, Women in the Information Age Project, John F. Kennedy School of Government, 1999-2000
  • Research Assistant, Education with New Technologies Project, Harvard Graduate School of Education, 1998-2000
  • Teaching Fellow, Harvard Graduate School of Education, 1998-2000
  • Independent Consultant, Saint Paul Public Schools, 2003-2004
  • Master of Teaching Candidate Supervisor, Harvard Graduate School of Education, 1998-2000
  • Teacher, King Philip Regional High School, 1994-1998
  • Research Associate, Health Advances Management Consulting, 1993
  • EdD (Doctor of Education), Harvard University, 2006
  • MEd, Curriculum and Instruction, Boston College, 1994
  • BA, summa cum laude, English and Government, Dartmouth College, 1992
  • Program Co-chair, American Educational Research Association (AERA), Technology as An Agent of Change (TACTL) Special Interest Group, Apr. 2009-present
  • Founder and Chair, Social Networks Research Consortium, University of Minnesota at Twin Cities, 2007-present
  • Associate Vice President, “Technology Diffusion and Integration,” Society for Information Technology in Teacher Education (SITE), 2003-2009
  • Chair, Technology as an Agent of Change in Teaching and Learning, American Educational Research Association, Paper Awards Committee, 2006-2008
  • Member: International Society of the Learning Sciences (ISLS), Computer-supported Collaborative Learning (CSCL), International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), Association of Internet Researchers (AOIR), National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), Association for Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Association for Education, Communications and Technology (AECT), American Association of University Women (AAUW)


  • Recipient, Outstanding Postdoctoral Scholar Award, University of Minnesota at Twin Cities, 2008-2009
  • Recipient, Larsen Scholarship for promising entering doctoral candidates, Harvard University, 1998
  • Recipient, Annie Ryder Memorial Scholarship, American Association of University Women, 1998
  • Phi Delta Kappa, Boston College, 1994
  • Recipient, Donovan Scholarship for promising master’s candidates, Boston College, 1994
  • Phi Beta Kappa, Dartmouth College, 1992
  • Rufus Choate Scholar, Dartmouth College, 1989-1991
  • Recipient, Angulo Award for Excellence in Government, Dartmouth College, 1990