Carrie James

Co-Founder, Managing Director

Dr. Carrie James (she/her) is a sociologist, researcher, and the current Co-Director of Project Zero. Emphasizing qualitative methods, her work focuses on young people’s digital experiences, including opportunities and challenges for their well-being, social connections, and civic lives. She loves to translate research insights into practical tools and wisdom for families and educators, and has been a longtime collaborator with Common Sense Education on their digital citizenship curriculum.   

With Emily Weinstein, Carrie is co-author of the book, Behind Their Screens: What Teens are Facing (And Adults are Missing), which details compelling insights from thousands of teens. She is also the author of Disconnected: Youth, New Media, and the Ethics Gap (MIT Press, 2014).

Her perspectives have appeared in diverse outlets, including The Boston Globe, The Chicago Tribute, TIME magazine, NPR’s Marketplace, Tech Crunch, and The Washington Post.

Carrie has a Ph.D. in Sociology from New York University and is a parent to two technology-loving teens, ages 14 and 18.