Faculty and Staff

Lauren Berliner


Assistant Professor

M.A. in Visual and Media Art, Emerson College
Ph.D. Department of Communication, University of California, San Diego

Office:  UW1-331
Phone:  425-352-5270
Email: LBerliner@uwb.edu
Mailing: Box 358530, 18115 Campus Way NE, Bothell, WA 98011


I am a scholar and filmmaker working in the area of critical media practice. In my community-based research and teaching I seek to blur distinctions between theory and practice, using collaboration as a way to understand the contemporary use of digital audiovisual technologies in pedagogical and social contexts.

Recent Courses Taught

BIS 293 Special Topics: Introduction to Participatory Media
BIS 300 Interdisciplinary Inquiry
BISMCS 333 Media and Communication Studies
BISMCS 343 Media Production Workshop: Mobile Media and Participatory Culture


My research examines discourses of youth digital media empowerment in relation to the institutional structures and intersubjective dynamics that are shaping contemporary youth media production. This research emerges out of my involvement with teen video producers in two programs that I direct: Girls Empowered to Make Movies (sponsored by The Girl Scouts) and Changing Reels, a media workshop for San Diego LGBT youth. I am also co-curator of Los Angeles Filmforum's Festival of (In)Appropriation.