Nicole Mirra is an assistant professor of Urban Teacher Education at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. Her teaching and research examines the intersections between critical literacy and civic engagement across multiple contexts, including urban secondary English classrooms, grassroots youth organizations, and digital learning communities. Her work has appeared in Journal of Teacher Education, English Journal, Democracy & Education, Journal of Language & Literacy Education, and Reading & Writing Quarterly. Most recently, she published the co-authored book, Doing Youth Participatory Action Research: Transforming Inquiry with Researchers, Educators, & Students (Routledge, 2015). She is a Connected Learning Ambassador for the National Writing Project and writes a blog for the Digital Media & Learning Research Hub that can be accessed at http://dmlhub.net/.