Dr. Stornaiuolo taught composition and reading at San Francisco Bay Area community colleges and San Francisco State University for a number of years before pursuing her doctorate at U.C. Berkeley in the Language, Literacy, and Culture department of the Graduate School of Education. In early work, she examined the intersection of reading and writing, including the ways people read their own writing during revision, and the intertextual resources adolescents and young adults draw upon in their composing processes. Dr. Stornaiuolo also worked with middle and high school students on digital media projects in afterschool and community contexts for several years as she explored university-community partnerships through her association with UC Links. She served as the research coordinator for a large scale design research study that examined how youth around the world communicated on a private social network (space2cre8.com). Dr. Stornaiuolo's work has appeared in a number of journals, and her article with Glynda Hull and Urvashi Sahni, "Cosmopolitan imaginings of self and other," won the Janet Emig Award from NCTE's Conference on English Education in 2011. Former editor of the Berkeley Review of Education, she serves on the review board of several journals and has presented at numerous conferences nationally and internationally.

Dr. Stornaiuolo's current research examines young people's multimodal composing practices across contexts, teachers’ uses of digital technologies in educational programs, and social networks as sites of cosmopolitan practice. In her most recent project, Dr. Stornaiuolo worked with teachers and adolescents in six counties as they communicated on a private, international social network. She has explored how writing for unfamiliar, global audiences shaped adolescents’ design decisions and their multimodal narratives and how teachers incorporated social media and networked composing into their pedagogies.

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