sociologist of technological change and inequality

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“What does it mean to be good with technology, how can we help students achieve it, and how can we ensure that others recognize their technological talents?”

– Cassidy Puckett

Redefining Geek takes a new and surprising look at what it means to be good with technology at a time when technologies are rapidly changing. Based on empirical evidence from a decade-long study with a diverse group of students across the country, Cassidy Puckett shows that being tech-savvy in the digital age isn’t about having a natural ability, but instead is a process of continual learning that requires five simple habits.

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About Cassidy

Dr. Cassidy Puckett is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at Emory University. Using a mixed-methods approach, she examines the relationship between technological change and inequality in education, occupations, and healthcare. Her research has been funded by the U.S. Department of Education, the National Science Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Her work has appeared in academic journals including Harvard Educational Review, Social Science Computer Review, Social Science and Medicine, Teachers College Record, and Qualitative Sociology. Cassidy received her PhD in Sociology from Northwestern University and her master’s in Learning, Design and Technology from the Stanford Graduate School of Education.


Keynote Address at Play Make Learn Aug 8-9, 2022

Keynote Address at Play Make Learn Aug 8-9, 2022

I'm excited to announce I will be a keynote speaker at the Play, Make, Learn Conference in Madison, Wisconsin Aug 8-9, 2022. Hosted by UW-Madison School of Education’s Department of Curriculum and Instruction and the office of Professional Learning and Community...

Emory Bookstore Book Launch April 21 at 4pm

Emory Bookstore Book Launch April 21 at 4pm

The in-person book launch is a panel discussion focused on equity in STEM education featuring Dr. Tamecia Jones, Assistant Professor of STEM Education at North Carolina State University and Dr. Kinnis Gosha, Hortinius I. Chenault endowed division chair for...