Vasudevan, Lalitha M. (lmv2102)

Lalitha M Vasudevan

Professor of Technology and Education
Vice Dean for Digital Innovation and Managing Director, Teachers College Digital Futures Institute; Director, Media and Social Change Lab

Office Location:

322D Thmps

Educational Background

B.A. in Psychology, University of Pennsylvania
Ph.D. in Education, University of Pennsylvania

Scholarly Interests

Communication and New Media; Adolescent Literacies; Media Literacy; Multimodal storytelling; Anthropology of Education

Selected Publications


Pahl, K., Steadman, R., & Vasudevan, L. (2022). Collaborative Research in Theory and Practice: The Poetics of Letting Go. UK: Bristol University Press.

Vasudevan, L. & DeJaynes, T. (Eds.) (2013). Arts, media, and justice: Multimodal explorations with youth. New York: Peter Lang.

Hill, M.L. & Vasudevan, L. (Eds.) (2008). Media, Learning, and Sites of Possibility. New York: Peter Lang.


Rajan, S., Reeping, P.M., Ladhania, Z., Vasudevan, L., Branas, C. (2022). Gun violence in K-12 schools in the United States: Moving towards a preventive (versus reactive) framework. Preventive Medicine, Available: 

Vasudevan, L. (2020). Three Moments in Teaching with/in Arts PracticesResearch in the Teaching of English, 55(2), 192-196. 

Vasudevan, L. & Riina-Ferrie, J. (2019). Collaborative Filmmaking and Affective Traces of Belonging. British Journal of Educational Technology. 50(4), 1560-1572

Literat, I., Conover, A., Herbert-Wasson, E., Page, Karen K., Riina-Ferrie, J., Stephens, R., Thanapornsangsuth, S., & Vasudevan, L. (2018). Toward multimodal inquiry: opportunities, challenges and implications of multimodality for research and scholarship. Higher Education Research & Development,37(3), 565-578. 

Rajan, S., Vasudevan, L., Ruggles, K., Brown, B., & Verdeli, H. (2017). Firearms in K-12 Schools: What is the Responsibility of the Education Community? Teachers College Record, Date Published: October 05, 2017 ID Number: 22187

Wissman, K., Staples, J., Vasudevan, L., & Nichols, R. (2015). Cultivating research pedagogies with adolescents: Created spaces, engaged participation, and embodied inquiry. Anthropology and Education Quarterly, 46(2), 186-197.

Vasudevan, L., Rodriguez Kerr, K., Hibbert, M., Fernandez, E., & Park, A. (2014). Cosmopolitan Literacies of Belonging in an After-school Program With Court-Involved Youths. Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy. 57(7), 538-548

Vasudevan, L. (2014).Multimodal Cosmopolitanism: Cultivating Belonging in Everyday Moments With Youth. Curriculum Inquiry, 44(1), 45-67.

Johnson, E. & Vasudevan, L. (2012).Seeing and hearing students' lived and embodied critical literacy practices. Theory into Practice, 51(1), 34-41.

Vasudevan, L., Stageman, D., Rodriguez, K., Fernandez, E., & Dattatreyan, E. (2010). Authoring new narratives with youth at the intersection of the arts and justice. Perspectives on Urban Education, 7(1), 54-65.

Vasudevan, L. (2010). Education remix: New media, literacies, and emerging digital geographies.Digital Culture and Education. 2(1), 62-82.  

Vasudevan, L. (2009). Performing new geographies of teaching and learning. English Education. 41(4), 356-374.

Vasudevan, L. & Campano, G. (2009). The social production of adolescent risk and the promise of adolescent literacies. Review of Research in Education. 33(1), 310-353.

Vasudevan, L. (2006). Making known differently: Engaging visual modalities as spaces to author new selves. E-Learning, 3(2). Available:


Kerr, K., Newhouse, K., Vasudevan, L. (2020). Participatory, multimodal ethnography with youth. In A. Ali and T. McCarty (Eds.), Critical youth research in education: Methodologies and praxis (pp. 40-60). New York: Routledge.

Vasudevan, L., Rodriguez Kerr, K., & Salazar Gallardo, C. (2018). Digital youth and educational justice. In K. Mills, A. Stornaiuolo, A. Smith, & J. Zacher Pandya (Eds.), Routledge handbook of digital writing and literacies in education (pp. 263-274). London: Routledge.

Vasudevan, L., DeJaynes, T., & Schmier, S. (2010). Multimodal pedagogies: Playing, teaching, and learning with adolescents' digital literacies. In D. Alvermann (Ed.). Adolescents' online literacies: Connecting classrooms, media, and paradigms (pp. 5-25). New York: Peter Lang.

Leander, K. & Vasudevan, L. (2009). Multimodality and mobile culture. In C. Jewitt (Ed.) Handbook of multimodal analysis. (pp. 127-139). London: Routledge.

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