Vikki Katz


A Conversation at the GSE

2014 February 14, 9:14am

On February 12, I gave a talk at the Rutgers Graduate School of Education about children of immigrants, educational opportunity, and social policy with Dr. Ariana Mangual Figueroa. Details and a video of our discussion can be found here.

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VikkiI am an assistant professor of communication in the School of Communication and Information at Rutgers University. I’m interested in how immigrant parents and their children address communication challenges related to their social incorporation in the United States.

My research focuses on the strategies that these families develop, individually and collectively, to learn about and understand their local environments and to address their needs. These strategies often include engagement with a range of media and technologies; I study these experiences as well.

I am a community-focused researcher who uses qualitative and quantitative methods to uncover as much about families’ lived experiences as I can. I think understanding how families live requires knowing a lot about the places where they live. And I believe research can be a force for change by helping immigrant families make meaningful local connections more easily, and by enabling service providers and local stakeholders to communicate more effectively with newcomers to increasingly diverse communities.

Click on the tabs below to learn more about what I’m working on, and thanks for visiting!

Kids as Immigrant Family Brokers

Leveraging Technology in Latino Families

Understanding Ethnic Media

Communicating in Family Court