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Julianne K. Viola

Postdoctoral research associate, Imperial College London

Julianne K. Viola is a social scientist investigating civic engagement among young people. Her research explores the intersection of youth studies, political engagement, and a contemporary society characterised by technology use.

In addition to her qualitative work in civic and youth studies, Julianne has collaborated with researchers at Harvard University, the University of California, Santa Barbara, and the data analytics startup, Panorama Education, to develop scales for rigorous and reliable student perception surveys that are used by 3.2 million students across 380 districts and 4,800 schools. Julianne has also collaborated on the Transmedia Literacy project at the Oxford Internet Institute, and has consulted for The Education Hub, a not-for-profit organisation in New Zealand, where she developed evidence-based resources for teachers.

She holds a BA in Government from Cornell University, EdM in Education Policy and Management from Harvard University, and completed her DPhil in Education at the University of Oxford. Julianne is currently a postdoctoral research associate at Imperial College London's Centre for Higher Education Research and Scholarship (CHERS).


  • 2019–present
    Postdoctoral research associate, Imperial College London
  • 2018–2019
    Research consultant, The Education Hub
  • 2017–2018
    Research assistant, University of Oxford (Oxford Internet Institute)
  • 2015–2017
    Research assistant, The University of California, Santa Barbara (Gevirtz Graduate School of Education)
  • 2013–2015
    Research assistant, Harvard University (Graduate School of Education)


  • 2018 
    University of Oxford, DPhil, Department of Education
  • 2012 
    Harvard University, EdM, Education Policy & Management
  • 2011 
    Cornell University, BA, Government

Professional Memberships

  • The Political Studies Association
  • Civic and Moral Education Initiative
  • American Educational Research Association (AERA)
  • Learning and New Technologies Research Group (LNTRG)