Youth Activism Lab


This project is part of the Youth Activism Project, which is funded by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and is part of the Youth and Participatory Politics Research Network.  The project is collecting data to compare youth-directed versus adult-directed websites for activism. 

A central goal of this project is to gain a better understanding of youth engagement in online activism by exploring how websites target youth activists and address youth causes or issues in comparison to adults.

2014 Lab Members

2014 Lab Members(left to right): Becka Alper (Lab Manager), Kate Gunby (Lab Manager), Jordan Mette, Liz Spohn, Madison Woodward, and Devan Gengler

Becka Alper

Becka is a Postdoctoral Research Associate working on the Youth Activism Project (YAP) at the University of Arizona. Becka earned her PhD in Sociology at Purdue University. While at Purdue her research focused on how minority status affects Jewish identity as well as the distinctiveness of participation in high-risk activism with an examination of Jewish resistance during the Holocaust.

Kate Gunby

Kate is a PhD candidate in Sociology at the University of Arizona. Her primary areas of interest are social movements and organizations. She is particularly interested in how different actors and organizations interact to create social change.

Jordan Mette

Jordan is a junior undergraduate student at the University of Arizona. She is currently pursuing her BA in Communication, with minors in Spanish and Sociology. Outside of the lab, Jordan is involved at the UA as a Resident Assistant in one of the campus dorms and as a member of a campus ministry called the Navigators. Jordan is passionate about her academics and community development, and plans to attend graduate school someday in order to learn how to make homelessness a less prevalent issue in the Tucson, AZ community.

Liz Spohn

Liz plans on triple majoring in Marketing, Management, and Entrepreneurship. She hopes to graduate a semester early so that she can continue my learning experience through real-world experiences from externships and internships. She also plans on graduating with Honors.

Madison Woodward

Madison is a rising sophomore who is triple majoring in Management, Marketing, and Entrepreneurship. She hopes to get her master's in business at a top ten business school soon after graduation.

Devan Gengler

Devan is a senior majoring in Psychology. Her research interests include relationships and health, specifically the effects of marital separation and divorce on physical health. She plans on attending graduate school for clinical psychology.