Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Media and Communication
Director, Digital Cultures and Technologies Program
School of Arts and Sciences
Areas of Expertise
- Social media
- Online identity
- Memes and viral videos
- New media economics
- Design and usability (including mobile apps)
- Children and online communities
- Autism in the media
Sarachan’s research explores the digital environment—from the use of virtual worlds in the classroom to parental limitations of screen time to Doctor Who fans and social media.
His work has been published in a several peer-reviewed journals, including the Journal of Gaming and Virtual Worlds, the Journal of Interactive Learning Research, and the Journalism & Mass Communication Educator, and he can comment on technology, pedagogy, and teaching, including techniques for teaching coding to K-16 students.
Sarachan has also been invited to present at numerous conferences, speaking on topics including self-representation on Facebook and virtual worlds and young children, among others.