Rabani Garg Program: Literacy, Culture, and International Education Division, Ph.D.

Anticipated Graduation: August 2025


Professional Biography

Rabani Garg is a Ph.D. candidate in the Literacy, Culture, and International Education division at the Graduate school of Education, University of Pennsylvania. She researches youth literacy practices and participation on digital media networks through ethnographic and multimodal methods. Her work focuses on youth led collaborative spaces and the role of informal education/spaces in student learning and literacy practices.

Research Interests and Current Projects

Rabani's research centers on youth literacies and decolonial perspectives on the study of youth participation and agency on digitally mediated social environments. Over the last 5 years, she has worked on a longitudinal research study that looks at motivations guiding youth authoring and sharing on transnational media networks, and digitally mediated sites itself as a tool of surveillance. She has worked for over a decade working in informal education with out-of-school communities, public libraries and museums. She has also worked in the field of children and young adult literature as an editor and a publisher of a children's magazine.


Stornaiuolo, A & Garg, R. (2022) Cosmopolitan Literacies and the Limits of Understanding: Possible Directions in Global Literacy Research. In Tierney, R., Rizvi, F., & Ercikan, K. (Eds.), Literacies and Languages. International encyclopedia of education / 4th Edition. Elsevier.

Garg, R. & Korwa. S. (2022). Local Youth Writers in a Global Networked Literacies Ecology. In J. J. Coleman, A. A. Griffin, & E. E. Thomas (Eds.), Restorying Young Adult Literature in a Digital Age. National Council of Teachers of English.

Garg, R. (2021). Conceptualizing (Immigrant) Parents as Knowledgeable Adults in their Children's Lives. PUE

Fernandes, K., & Garg, R. (2020). Anxiety and the Politics of Child Well-Being During COVID-19. NEOS 12 (2). Retrieved from URL http://acyig.americananthro.org/neos/neos_current_issue/anxiety-and-the-politics-of-child-well-being-during-covid-19/

Interest Categories

Ethnographic Research


M.S.Ed (Reading/ Writing/ Literacy) University of Pennsylvania, 2018.

Faculty Advisors

Dr. Amy Stornaiuolo
Associate Professor

Areas Of Expertise

Adolescent and Youth Literacy; Youth Engagement on Digital Media Networks; Multimodal Research and Practices; Informal Education

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