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Child and Family Science
Office: FFS 205
Education: B.A. College of Communication, Marquette University;M.Ed. Department of Educational Psychology (Emphasis: Quantitative & Evaluative Research
Methodologies), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Ph.D. Human & Community Development (Emphasis: Human Development & Family
Studies),University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Experience and Research: Aimee Rickman is a critical interdisciplinary scholar of youth, technology, culture,
marginality, identity, and gender.
Her research considers cultural constructions of adolescence, the social shaping and
infrastructures of youth and technologies, algorithms, and young people's technological
involvements within specific historical, economic, social, cultural, and material
Centering the experiences of young people within adolescence, her recent book, Adolescence,
Girlhood, and Media Migration: U.S. Teens’ Use of Social Media to Negotiate Offline
Struggles (Lexington, 2018), is an ethnography that draws from 12-months of fieldwork
with diverse rural, teenaged young women, tracing the roots of girls’ social media
practices back to their offline experiences as marginalized members of US society.
The book details factors inspiring teens involvement in “media migration” as they
moved to and through online spaces attempting to individually negotiate better terms
for their lives than they felt they could earn, argue for, or otherwise secure offline.
She is lead coordinator of the CSUF’s US Millennials: Imaginaries and Realities Faculty
Learning Community (FLC), and she directs the Youth + Social Media Research Lab.