Elisabeth (Lissa) Soep, PhD is Senior Producer and Researcher Director at the Peabody Award-winning youth driven production company, Youth Radio-Youth Media International. She writes about youth media, digital culture, and literacy, including her 2010 book (with Vivian Chavez, UC Press), Drop that Knowledge: Youth Radio Stories.
Elisabeth Soep is Research Director and Senior Producer at Youth Radio-Youth Media International, a youth-driven production company based in Oakland, CA, with bureaus and partners in every region of the United States and around the world. Her new book, Drop that Knowledge: Youth Radio Stories (with Vivian Chavez) examines how youth media production can re-organize literacy, pedagogy, and justice work. She holds a PhD from Stanford University and has published widely about youth, arts production, and digital media culture, including Youthscapes: The Popular, the National, the Global (with Sunaina Maira). The Youth Radio stories Lissa has produced for National Public Radio and other outlets have been recognized with honors including the George Foster Peabody Award, two Edward R. Murrow Awards, a Robert F. Kennedy Award, and an Investigative Reporters and Editors Award. With National Science Foundation support, Lissa co-created the Brains and Beakers series—interactive dialogues between youth and inventors—which ran on Boing Boing, one of the Internet’s biggest blogs. She's PI on Youth Radio's Mobile Action Lab, launched with MacArthur Foundation support as part of their Digital Media and Learning Competition (administered by HASTAC). For ten years, Lissa served on the board of directors of the United States’ premiere youth poetry organization, Youth Speaks (HBO series, 2009 & 2010) and she sometimes teaches graduate courses, most recently an ethnography seminar at University of California, Berkeley.