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Valerie Futch

  • PhD
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate
  • Youth-Nex, Curry School of Education, University of Virginia
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Research interests

teen theatresex-educationdialogical selfadolescent identity development


My research focuses on how young adults interact with each other and the social structures/environments where they spend much of their time (i.e. school, after-school programs). I take a mixed-methods approach and employ narrative analysis techniques. My dissertation focused on The SOURCE Teen Theatre in Central Florida and the importance of creative spaces for youth expression, education and development. In addition to my research I am dedicated to improving pedagogy through the use of technology and increasing both classroom and research participation through the use of digital technologies.

Co-authors (10)

  • Nurul Asmad Che Harun
  • Christin Bowman
  • Sara McClelland
  • maddy fox
  • Sara McClelland
  • Rachel Verni

Publications (5)

  • Utilizing the Theoretical Framework of Collective Identity to Understand Processes in Youth Programs

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  • Mapping as a Method: History and Theoretical Commitments

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  • (Re)presenting Spaces of/for "At-opportunity" Urban Youth

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  • Everyday Hyphens: Exploring Youth Identities with Methodological and Analytic Pluralism

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  • It's like doing homework

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    • Tolman D
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Professional experience

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Youth-Nex, Curry School of Education, University of Virginia

July 2011 - Present

Instructional Technology Fellow

CUNY - Bronx Community College

August 2010 - June 2011(10 months)

Writing Fellow (Writing in the Disciplines)

CUNY - LaGuardia Community College

September 2008 - July 2010(2 years)

Graduate Teaching Fellow

Hunter College, City University of New York

August 2007 - August 2008(a year)


Social-Personality Psychology

CUNY - Graduate Center

July 2004 - May 2011(7 years)

BS Psychology

Stetson University

August 1999 - December 2002(3 years)