Kylie Peppler is Assistant Professor in the Learning Sciences Program at Indiana University, Bloomington. An artist by training, engages in research that focuses on the intersection of arts, media, new technologies, and informal learning. Peppler completed her B.A. in Psychology, French and Studio Arts from Indiana University, Bloomington and went on to study with James Catterall and Yasmin Kafai at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) where she earned her Ph.D. in Education studying the media arts practices of urban youth at Computer Clubhousein South Los Angeles. During this time, Peppler was involved in the study and development of Scratch, a media-rich programming environment, which resulted in numerous journal articles as well as a recent book titled, The Computer Clubhouse: Constructionism and Creativity in Youth Communities(Teachers College Press, 2009). A Dissertation-Year Fellowship from the Spencer Foundation as well as a UC Presidential Postdoctoral Fellowship under the direction of Mark Warschauer at University of California, Irvine supported her early work in these areas.
Currently, Peppler is working on a number of new projects including the collaborative study (with Leah Buechley and Yasmin Kafai) of e-textiles, aiding in the development of new programming tools as well as as an online community for LilyPad Arduino designers, called LilyPond. The National Science Foundation as well as the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation support Peppler’s current work on creativity, systems thinking, and media arts in youth communities. Peppler seeks to study the media arts practices of urban, rural, and (dis)abled youth in order to better understand and support literacy, learning, and the arts in the 21st Century.