MASCLab is a hub for multimodal and digital scholarship at Teachers College, Columbia University that explores the relationship between media and social change.

We create, curate and support multimodal scholarship. Scroll down to learn more about our work, and join our mailing list to learn about events and weekly meetings.


Media and Social Change Lab [MASCLab] supports media creation intended to spark social change, and the critical curation of and engagement with media through the lens of its impact on society.  Our research and scholarship interrogates how media and society influence each other, multimedia-based research methodologies, and the development of pedagogy that uses media to foster civic engagement. MASCLab is housed in the Communication, Media, and Learning Technologies Design Program at Teachers College, Columbia University.

MASCLab organizes events focused on the intersection between media and social change, facilitates collaborative engagement in various research and media projects, puts out publications in academic and non-academic venues, and provides support for relevant courses.

To get a better sense of our work, download the MASCLab 5-year report and check out the video below!


Join MASCLab September 9 to start the new school year!

To all Teachers College and Columbia community members: The Media and Social Change Lab is a group for anyone who is interested in making, using, and exploring the role of media as part of research, scholarship, and changing the academy and the world. Join us Wednesday, September 9, from 12-1pm via Zoom to learn more… Read more “Join MASCLab September 9 to start the new school year!”

A message of solidarity

Dear MASCLab community, All of you have been on my mind, and I am sorry it has taken me so long to break free from paralysis after witnessing the repeated acts of police violence that reached a crescendo in the last week. I am outraged, saddened, and horrified, but I am not surprised. State sanctioned… Read more “A message of solidarity”

Podcast Season 4 Episode 2: Multimodal Research and Gen Z Online Identities

In this episode of the Media and Social Change Podcast, MASCLab members Xiaoyi Gabby Zhou, Joe Riina-Ferrie, and Lívia Barros Cruz chat with Catherine Cheng Stahl, a Doctoral Fellow at the Department of Curriculum and Teaching of Columbia University, Teachers College. She discusses how she used multimodal research methods to explore how Gen Z youth… Read more “Podcast Season 4 Episode 2: Multimodal Research and Gen Z Online Identities”

Podfest 2021

The MASCLab is excited to invite you to PODFEST 2021 on Friday, March 26th from 6-7:30pm (EDT)! To attend the lab’s end of the year showcase, please register at for the Zoom link. We are excited to share ongoing MASCLab projects in the areas of Media literacy, Multimodal scholarship and Podcasting. We hope you… Read more “Podfest 2021”