Gabriel Peters-Lazaro is the Media Design Lead and an instructor in the Division of Media Arts + Practice at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts. He researches, designs and produces digital media for innovative learning.  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. As an instructor of IML 500 – Digital Media Tools and Tactics, he helps graduate students harness the powers of video and new media as research tools to support their scholarly pursuits in diverse disciplines and departments across USC. He received his B.A. in Film Studies from UC Berkeley, completed his M.F.A in Film Directing and Production at UCLA and is a Ph.D. candidate in Media Arts + Practice. He is also an avid surfer.