My research focuses on ways of enlarging access to the public square by helping journalists think computationally, helping computer scientists become better collaborators, and ensuring that digital media tools work better for all. My approach has focused on engaging students in interdisciplinary computing collaborations aimed at creating civic media that address real community problems.  # Link in context

My current research collaboration, Trenton Makes Music: Cultural Memory, Identity and Economic Development, involves the creation of a digital archive, podcast and social platform documenting the contributions of Trenton music professionals to the music industry, and the role of music in Trenton's economic and cultural development. My partners in this endeavor are Dr. Teresa Marrin Nakra of TCNJ's Music and Interactive Multimedia departments, and singer Sarah Dash. We have been fortunate to attract support from the New Jersey Council for the Humanities and several sources within TCNJ. Our hope is that this project will support efforts to create culturally responsive curricula, to preserve local history and to foster heritage tourism. We also see it as a potential springboard for research on the role of music education in violence prevention. This project began as a First Seminar class 2014, and is ongoing # Link in context

I am also co-pi for CABECT: Collaborating Across Boundaries to Engage Undergraduates in Collaborative Thinking,which was funded by National Science Foundation grant 1141170. The PI for the grant is Dr. S. Monisha Pulimood, chair of the TCNJ Computer Science Department. The CABECT project tested the hypothesis that students can become more deeply engaged in computational thinking when collaborating with community members to address a real problem. Our pilot project, attempted to make it easier for affordable housing developers and urban farmers to get information on the real and potential pollutants in their soil. The curricular model for the Trenton Makes Music Project draws from this research. This project began in 2012 and concluded in 2017. # Link in context

A list of publications and presentations, as well as information on past research projects is available on my research page.

More on the Trenton Makes Music project


Here's my personal reflection on the project, which began formally in 2014 and is ongoing. You can see our latest work at trentonmakesmusic.org  # Link in context

Recent publications

Kim Pearson, Sarah Monisha Pulimood, and Diane Bates. Collaborating Across Boundaries to Engage Undergraduates in Computational Thinking. Teaching Journalism and Mass Communication, AEJMC, Winter, 2017 # Link in context

Sarah Monisha Pulimood, Kim Pearson, and Diane C. Bates. 2016. A Study on the Impact of Multidisciplinary Collaboration on Computational Thinking. In Proceedings of the 47th ACM Technical Symposium on Computing Science Education (SIGCSE ’16). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 30-35. http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/2839509.2844636 # Link in context

Kathleen Webber and Kim Pearson. Community Engaged Learning in Journalism and Multimedia Courses Teaching Journalism and Mass Communication, AEJMC, Summer, 2015 # Link in context

President Obama delivers his valedictory State of the Union Address, BlogHer, January 12, 2016
Of Margo Jefferson’s “Negroland” November 15, 2015
What I learned from meeting Maya Angelou: Something is always wanting to come May 28, 2014 # Link in context

Recent presentations

Professional Service: The Tarbell Project

Introducing Tarbell: An investigative news platform to help citizens understand big money in politics and take back our democracy

I am honored that Wendell Potter asked me to be part of the group of advisors helping to launch Tarbell, which is now in its crowdfunding phase. I hope you will follow the links to learn more and consider supporting this worthy effort.

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