|Alma mater||Harvard University (undergraduate)|
Stanford University (graduate)
|Relatives||Joi Ito (brother)|
Mizuko Itō or Mizuko Ito or Mimi Ito (伊藤瑞子, Itō Mizuko, born 22 July 1968) is a Japanese cultural anthropologist who is a Professor in Residence at the Humanities Research Institute at the University of California, Irvine. Her main professional interest is young people's use of media technology. She has explored the ways in which digital media are changing relationships, identities, and communities.
Mizuko Ito grew up between the United States and Japan. In Japan, she attended Nishimachi International School and the American School in Japan. She did her undergraduate work at Harvard University, graduating in 1990 with a degree in East Asian studies: her thesis was "Zen and Tea Ritual: A Comparative Analysis."
Ito did her graduate work at Stanford University. In 1991, she received a Masters of Arts degree in anthropology; her thesis was "The Holistic Alternative: A Symbolic Analysis of an Emergent Culture." In 1998, she received a Ph.D. from the Department of Education for her dissertation: "Interactive Media for Play: Kids, Computer Games and the Productions of Everyday Life." In 2003, she received a Ph.D. from the Department of Anthropology for her dissertation: "Engineering Play: Children’s Software and the Productions of Everyday Life."
Ito lives in Southern California with her husband, Scott Fisher, a virtual reality researcher, and their two children. She keeps a Bento Moblog, a visual record of the school lunches she prepares for her kids. Ito's brother is Joi Ito, former director of the MIT Media Lab. With her brother, she hosts Chanpon.org.
Ito's main professional interest are connected learning and young people's use of media technology. She has explored the ways in which digital media are changing relationships, identities, and communities. With Misa Matsuda and Daisuke Okabe, Ito edited Personal, Portable, Pedestrian: Mobile Phones in Japanese Life (MIT Press, 2005). She also investigated otaku fan culture with collaborators Daisuke Okabe and Izumi Tsuji, which resulted in the book Fandom Unbound: Otaku Culture in a Connected World.
Titles and grants
Ito is currently the Research Director of the Digital Media and Learning Hub, and a Professor in Residence at University of California, Irvine's Department of Anthropology, Department of Education, Department of Informatics, and School of Education. She is also the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Chair in Digital Media and Learning.
In 2006, Ito received a MacArthur Foundation grant to "observe children's interactions with digital media to get a sense of how they're really using the technology." This work led to creation of the Digital Media and Learning Research Hub (housed in the University of California Humanities Research Institute) and the publication of two books: Hanging Out, Messing Around, and Geeking Out and Engineering Play: A Cultural History of Children's Software.
In January 2013, Ito and her collaborators, who include Kris Gutierrez, Sonia Livingstone, Bill Penuel, Jean Rhodes, Katie Salen, Juliet Schor, Julian Sefton-Green, and S. Craig Watkins, released Connected Learning: An Agenda for Research and Design, a synthesis report of the Connected Learning Research Network.
Mizuko Ito wrote or contributed to several books:
- Ito, Mizuko. "Virtually Embodied: The Reality of Fantasy in a Multi-User Dungeon" in Internet Culture, edited by David Porter. Routledge, 1997.
- Ito, Mizuko, Daisuke Okabe, Misa Matsuda, Eds. Personal Portable Pedestrian: Mobile Phones in Japanese Life. Cambridge: MIT Press, 2005.
- Ito, Mizuko. "Introduction." In Networked Publics, edited by Kazys Varnelis, 1-14. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 2008.
- Ito, Mizuko, Heather A. Horst, Matteo Bittanti, danah boyd, Becky Herr Stephenson, Patricia G. Lange, C. J. Pascoe, and Laura Robinson. Living and Learning with New Media: Summary of Findings from the Digital Youth Project In The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Reports on Digital Media and Learning. Cambridge: MIT Press, 2008.
- Ito, Mizuko. Engineering Play: A Cultural History of Children's Software. Cambridge: MIT Press, 2009.
- Ito, Mizuko, Daisuke Okabe, Izumi Tsuji, Eds. Fandom Unbound: Otaku Culture in a Connected World. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2012.
- Ito, Mizuko, Kris Gutiérrez, Sonia Livingstone, Bill Penuel, Jean Rhodes, Katie Salen, Juliet Schor, Julian Sefton-Green, S. Craig Watkins. 2013. Connected Learning: An Agenda for Research and Design. Irvine, CA: Digital Media and Learning Research Hub.
- Ito, Mizuko, Sonja Baumer, Matteo Bittanti, danah boyd, Rachel Cody, Becky Herr, Heather A. Horst, Patricia G. Lange, Dilan Mahendran, Katynka Martinez et al. Hanging Out, Messing Around, Geeking Out: Kids Living and Learning with New Media. Cambridge: MIT Press, 2013. ISBN 9780262518543.
- Ito, Mizuko (April 27, 1990). "Zen and tea ritual: a comparative analysis" – via Open WorldCat.
- Press, The MIT. "Engineering Play | The MIT Press". mitpress.mit.edu.
- "About Chanpon.org".
- "Personal, Portable, Pedestrian: Mobile Phones in Japanese Life". Archived from the original on November 16, 2007.
- "Welcome | Yale University Press". yalebooks.yale.edu.
- McConnon, Aili (November 7, 2006). "The MacArthur Foundation's Digital Drive". BusinessWeek.
- "Podcast". Game Thinking.
- Ito, Mimi (June 6, 2015). "Why Minecraft Rewrites the Playbook for Learning".
- "Bibliography on DMLcentral.net". Archived from the original on October 28, 2010.
- "Digital Media and Learning Research Hub". DML Hub.
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