Amy Stornaiuolo

Assistant Professor

Literacy, Culture, and International Education Division

Graduate School of Education
University of Pennsylvania

Phone: 215-898-9327 || Twitter: @amystorn


Professional Biography

Dr. Stornaiuolo received her Ph.D. in Language, Literacy, and Culture from the University of California at Berkeley in 2012. As a doctoral student, she served as a founding co-editor of the Berkeley Review of Education and worked as a researcher for University-Community Links, a network of university and community partners operating after-school programs. Dr. Stornaiuolo also worked as the research coordinator for a large-scale design research study that examined how youth around the world communicated on a private social network (Space2Cre8). She has received a number of awards and fellowships, including the 2011 Janet Emig Award from NCTE's Conference on English Education, the 2013 Elva Knight award from the International Reading Association, and the 2013 Promising Researcher Award from the National Council of Teachers of English. In prior work, Dr. Stornaiuolo has taught post-secondary composition and reading in college, particularly in programs designed for students labeled 'at risk,' and conducted research on reading/writing relationships, the social construction of remediation, and learning transfer across contexts.

Research Interests and Current Projects

Dr. Stornaiuolo’s research examines adolescents' multimodal composing practices, teachers’ uses of digital technologies, and shifting relationships between authors and audiences in online, networked spaces. More broadly, her work centers on how to create equitable and accessible learning opportunities for all young people by examining how youth draw on diverse cultural and linguistic repertoires as they participate in richly literate lives across multiple social contexts—and the role teachers and mentors play in these practices. Dr. Stornaiuolo’s dissertation, titled “The Educational Turn of Social Networking: Teachers and their Students Negotiate Social Media,” examined how teachers in an international social networking project addressed the challenges of incorporating digital and social media into their pedagogies, especially in navigating the difficulties of fostering online communication and dialogue across difference. In her work on this international social networking project, Dr. Stornaiuolo has been exploring how writing for and with unfamiliar, global audiences shapes adolescents’ composing decisions, especially the ethical dimensions of reading and writing now. She is particularly interested in investigating how readers and writers in interactive contexts navigate their responsibilities to one another, a concern that has assumed heightened importance as young people face increasing challenges around online communication.

Selected Publications

Stornaiuolo, A., Higgs, J., & Hull, G.A. (in press). Social media as authorship: Methods for studying literacies and communities online. In P. Albers, T. Holbrook, A.S. Flint (Eds.), New Literacy Research Methods. Routledge.

Stornaiuolo, A., DiZio, J. K., Hellmich, E. A. & Hull, G. (2013). Expanding community: Youth, social networking, and schools. Comunicar: Scientific Journal of Media Education, 40(xx), 79–87. doi:10.3916/C40-2013-02-08

Hull, G.A., Stornaiuolo, A., & Sterponi, L. (2013). Imagined readers and hospitable texts: Global youth connect online. In D. Alvermann, N. Unrau, and R. Ruddell (Eds.), Theoretical Models and Processes of Reading  (6th ed.) (pp. 1208-1240).  International Reading Association.

Stornaiuolo, A., Hull, G.A., & Sahni, U. (2011). Cosmopolitan imaginings of self and other:  Youth and social networking in a global world. In J. Fisherkeller (Ed.), International perspectives on youth media: Cultures of production and education (pp. 263-280). New York: Peter Lang Publishers.

Hull, G.A. & Stornaiuolo, A. (2010). Literate arts in a global world: Reframing social networking as cosmopolitan practice. Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy 54(2), 84-96.

Hull, G.A., Stornaiuolo, A., & Sahni, U. (2010). Cultural citizenship and cosmopolitan practice: Global youth communicate online. English Education 42(4), 331-367.

Stornaiuolo, A., Hull, G.A., & Nelson, M. E. (2009). Mobile texts and migrant audiences: Rethinking literacy and assessment in a new media age. Language Arts, 86(5), 382-392.