Gabriel Peters-Lazaro is an assistant professor of the practice of cinematic arts in the Division of Media Arts + Practice at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts. He researches, designs and produces digital media for innovative learning. His research interests include Civic Imagination and Hypercinemas.  He is a member of the Media Activism and Participatory Politics (MAPP) research project at USC, which studies and creates tools and practices for civic engagement in the 21st century.  In 2009 he helped create The Junior AV Club, an ongoing project that explores mindful media making and sharing as powerful practices of early childhood learning. His courses focus on critical media making and theory with an emphasis on time based and emerging media. He received his B.A. in Film Studies from UC Berkeley, completed his M.F.A in Film Directing and Production at UCLA his Ph.D. at USC. He is also an avid surfer.