Principal Investigator

Urs Gasser

Urs Gasser is the Executive Director of the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University. He teaches at Harvard Law School, at the University of St. Gallen (Switzerland) and Fudan University School of Management (China). He is a visiting professor at KEIO University (Japan) and a Fellow at the Gruter Institute for Law and Behavioral Research. Urs Gasser has written several books, is the co author of “Born Digital: Understanding the First Generation of Digital Natives” (Basic Books, 2008, with John Palfrey) that has been translated into 10 languages (including Chinese), and has published over 70 articles in professional journals. His research and teaching activities focus on information law and policy issues. Current projects, several of them in collaboration with leading research institutions in the U.S., Europe, and Asia, explore policy and educational challenges for young Internet users, the regulation of digital technology (currently with focus on cloud computing), ICT interoperability, information quality, the law’s impact on innovation and risk in the ICT space, and alternative governance systems. He graduated from the University of St. Gallen (J.D., S.J.D.) as well as Harvard Law School (LL.M.) and received several academic awards and prizes for his research.


Sandra Cortesi

Sandra Cortesi is a Fellow at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University and there the Director of the Youth and Media project. She is responsible for coordinating the Youth and Media’s policy, research, and educational initiatives, and is leading the Digitally Connected collaboration between the Berkman Klein Center and UNICEF. At Youth and Media Sandra works closely with talented young people and lead researchers in the field as they look into innovative ways to approach social challenges in the digital world. Together with Berkman Klein Center’s Executive Director Urs Gasser and the Youth and Media team, she focuses on topics such as inequitable access, information quality, risks to safety and privacy, skills and digital literacy, and spaces for participation, civic engagement, and innovation. Sandra supports the following Berkman Klein projects and initiatives: Youth and Media, Student Privacy Initiative, Digital Problem-Solving Initiative, Digital Literacy Resource Platform (DLRP), Harmful Speech Online, and Coding for All. See publications here.

Project Coordinator

Alexa Hasse

Alexa Hasse is the Project Coordinator for the Youth and Media project at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University. Prior to this position, she worked in a healthcare startup, and in the Personal Robotics Group at the MIT Media Lab. A Boston native, Alexa received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Boston College in 2012, and went on to receive two Master’s degrees. She completed a Master of Education in Human Development and Psychology from Harvard’s Graduate School of Education in 2013, and a Master of Arts in Applied Developmental and Educational Psychology from Boston College’s Lynch School of Education in 2015. Her research interests include how youth develop a sense of identity on social media, and the intersection of technology use and moral development. In her free time, Alexa loves yoga, traveling, going to concerts, and exploring Boston.

Project Fellows

Andres Lombana-Bermudez

Andres Lombana-Bermudez is a researcher and designer working at the intersection of digital technology, youth, innovation, and learning. His approach is transdisciplinary and collaborative, combining ethnographic and quantitative research methods, design-based research, and media technology design. He is a fellow at Harvard University’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society and a Research Associate with the Connected Learning Research Network. Andres has worked in the field of digital media and learning for over a decade and collaborated in projects such as the Digital Edge, Youth and Media, the New Media Literacies Project, KLRU-Austin PBS summer STEM, and Clubes de Ciencia Colombia. His dissertation research focused on digital inequalities, immigrant assimilation, and participation gaps among Latino/Hispanic youth. As a fellow at the the Berkman Klein Center, Andres works with the Youth and Media team. He collaborates with the The Digital Literacy Toolkit and Coding for All projects, and supports global and Latin American initiatives such as Digitally Connected and Conectados al Sur. He also continues to research digital equity with a focus on minority populations in the U.S. and Latin America. Andres has a doctorate in Media Studies from UT-Austin with concentration in digital literacy and education, a masters in Comparative Media Studies from MIT, and bachelor’s degrees in Political Science and Literature from Universidad de los Andes in Bogota, Colombia.

Leah Plunkett

Leah A. Plunkett is a Fellow at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University and an Associate Professor of Legal Skills & Director of Academic Success at University of New Hampshire School of Law. As a member of the Youth and Media team at Berkman Klein, Leah researches and writes about student privacy and digital citizenship among K-12 learners. At UNH Law, she works with students on skill-building for success in law school, on the bar exam, and in legal practice, as well as teaches an Access to Justice course. Leah is a former Climenko Fellow & Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School and was the founder of the Youth Law Project at New Hampshire Legal Assistance. Leah is a graduate of Harvard College, where she performed with the Immediate Gratification Players improv comedy troupe, and Harvard Law School, where she was training director for the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau.


Elsa Brown

Elsa Brown studies at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. She primarily works in illustration and digital art, and hopes to become an illustrator and comic book creator. She is interested in online creative content and the value of online discussion. At Youth and Media Elsa has created illustrations that were then paired with YaM reports, briefs, and slides.

Nathan Cummings

Briggs DeLoach

Briggs DeLoach is a research assistant whose scholarly interests revolve around Internet identities and norms, and how these concepts shape the conduct of international politics.  During undergrad, he explored a variety of academic areas, ranging from labor history to genocide.  Outside of academia, Briggs promoted youth activism by co-directing the 2013 installment of the nation’s oldest student-run public affairs conference.  He focused the event on youth empowerment around the globe and brought in international experts to brainstorm means of overcoming impediments to empowerment.  He brings a variety of prior experience to the Youth and Media team that includes political campaign work, policy analysis and prescription on Capitol Hill, and financial analysis for a commercial real estate firm.  Briggs enjoys exploring quaint New England towns, skiing, and political activism.  He graduated in May 2015 from Principia College in Elsah, Illinois, with Highest Honors in both Political Science and History.

Amanda Kraley

Amanda is a Research Assistant at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society and currently a senior at Wellesley College. Prior to the Berkman Klein Center, she worked at MIT’s Displacement Research and Action Network, a center for policy makers and academics to build new theory on internal displacement. Her project at MIT – creating an interactive mapping tool that looks at eviction rates in Boston’s Chinatown – synthesized interests in public affairs and technology. On campus, she is the editor-in-chief of Wellesley’s international relations magazine, The Wellesley Globalist. Outside of academics, Amanda has spent several years working at a government tech startup and as a Student Activist Coordinator with Amnesty International.

Chalene Riser

Chalene is a Research Assistant at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society’s Youth and Media team.  Among other things, Chalene is interested in advocating for and empowering youth’s lives and learning through the use of technology.  Prior to joining Berkman Klein, Chalene earned her B.A. in English and Creative Writing at Brigham Young University.  There she wrote her senior capstone paper on the Ontology of Iago in Shakespeare’s Othello, drawing on game theory.  Outside of work, Chalene has a passion for creative writing and hopes to become a published author.   While attending school she worked for a non-profit as a content creator for language learning curriculums, specifically Korean; a language she learned while volunteering in South Korea for nearly two years.  Chalene has been active in her community through tutoring, poetry slams, writing workshops, and summer STEM youth programs.  When Chalene has a spare moment, you’ll likely see her with a book in her hands.

Nat Talbot

Nat is a Research Assistant at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society, and a rising sophomore at Northeastern University, planning to major in computer science and engineering, and minor in theatrical design. At the Berkman Klein Center, Nat has worked with Leah Plunkett on the Student Privacy, Data and Equity, and Digital Literacy Newsletter, and is also working on upcoming AI initiatives. Nat has interests in fake news and online communities and their contribution to the current political climate. In his free time, Nat likes hiking, biking, and rock climbing (often at MetroRock in Everett). He also designs both sound and lights for theatre.

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Paulina Haduong

Paulina Haduong is a Fellow at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society. She holds an Ed.M. in Technology, Innovation, and Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a B.A. in Linguistics from Yale University. In her spare time she enjoys experimenting with baking bread.