As a media arts scholar and practitioner, Gabriel Peters-Lazaro’s areas of interest include early primary media education as well materiality in the digital age. He completed his B.A. in Film Studies at UC Berkeley in 2002 where he received a departmental citation as well as that institution’s highest award for artistic achievement. He completed his M.F.A. in Film Directing and Production at UCLA in 2007, honing his skills in traditional and digital filmmaking techniques. From 2008, he has been a full time staff person at USCs Institute for Multimedia Literacy, serving as the media design lead and an instructor for IML 500 – Digital Tools and Tactics. His work at IML includes researching and developing new approaches to pedagogy and digital scholarship across a wide variety of subject areas in collaboration with scholars and organizations from all parts of USC and beyond. His
contributions to creating and conducting the participatory action research project the Junior AV Club (think 4-year-olds with video cameras) have yielded exciting developments into early childhood learning with technology. He is also an avid surfer.