Brendesha Tynes is an associate professor of education and psychology at the University of Southern California Rossier School of Education. She is also director of the Digital Learning and Development Lab, a national research network of scholars committed to conducting methodologically rigorous research on urban communities’ learning and development with digital media.
Her research focuses on the construction of race and gender in online settings, digital learning and the design of digital tools that empower underrepresented youth. Tynes is co-editor (with Safiya Noble) of the Intersectional Internet: Race, Sex, Class and Culture Online and the Handbook of African American Psychology and associate editor of the American Educational Research Journal.
She is the recipient of numerous awards including a Ford Pre-doctoral and Postdoctoral Fellowships, the American Educational Research Association 2012 Early Career Contribution Award, 2015 AERA Early Career Award, and the Spencer Foundation Midcareer Award. Tynes has a master’s in learning sciences from Northwestern and a doctorate in human development and psychology in education from UCLA.