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Hi, I'm Avriel


researcher | entrepreneur | INFLUENCER  

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Hi, I'm Avriel


researcher | entrepreneur | INFLUENCER  

Allow me to introduce myself

 

HOMETOWN

LOS ANGELES, CA

Currently

CAMBRIDGE, MA

 

Education

HARVARD - PH.D. EDUCATION

HARVARD - S.M. COMPUTATIONAL SCIENCE & ENGINEERING

UCLA - B.A. COMMUNICATION STUDIES

 

HONORS

PRESIDENTIAL SCHOLAR (HARVARD)

PRIZE FELLOW (HARVARD)

SUMMA CUM LAUDE (UCLA)

A Los Angeles native, I graduated Summa Cum Laude with a B.A. in Communication Studies and a minor in Education Studies from UCLA after graduating from high school at 15 years old. While on full academic scholarship, I was selected to be both a Ronald E. McNair Research Scholar and Wasserman Scholar. At UCLA, I led a digital-communication-focused research lab, and continued on to work as a quantitative and qualitative researcher in the Graduate School of Education’s The CHOICES Project. My research garnered numerous awards and honors, including an invitation from the U.S. Department of Education to present my work for Congress in Washington D.C. and recognition as part of the top 10% of undergraduate social scientists in the world.
 
Focusing my career around the intersection of brand experiences & storytelling, digital media, and technology, my work has been featured in The New York Times, The Guardian, Vogue Magazine, Huffington Post, and Vice Magazine, among others. Although my professional experiences have spanned across multiple industries, one thing has remained true: I find fulfillment in leading diverse teams through envisioning and executing long-term, conceptual projects. Today, as a PhD student at Harvard's Graduate School of Education, I seek to make a meaningful impact through researching how various learning ecologies, both online and offline, influence youth of color as they construct and affirm racialized and gendered identities while consuming and creating digital content.

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Writing & Speaking


Read my published work or see me in action.

Writing & Speaking


Read my published work or see me in action.

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Press


Press


Listen Up | Newcomer King Avriel Makes Neo-Soul That Doesn’t Shy Away From Big Ideas

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Avriel Epps discusses research on Hip Hop Lyrics, Technology, and Identity

How Billboard misses out on what people actually want to hear

R&B-Meets-Electronic Singer/ Songwriter King Avriel

Next Up: King avriel Pushes Gender Boundaries in Her Debut Video, "Freedom"

Meet King avriel: The Girl Who's Set on Changing The Game

Protests Against Education Secretary Betsy DeVos Decry School Privatization

Twizzlers, Texts, and Betsy DeVos: the Making of a Protest

Study Says Rap On The Radio Full Of Negative Messages, Rap Streamed Online More Positive

74 Tech Leaders, Led By Tumblr CEO Karp, Urge Congress To Back Planned Parenthood

King avriel: Arguably the brainiest exponent yet of the new ethereal, alternative R&B

All Hail King Avriel

King Avriel: Bearing Witness

AOCC 2018: Radicalize, Reimagine, and Reconstruct

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About My Research


Now, let's get into the details

About My Research


Now, let's get into the details

 

At the intersection of human development and computer science, my work examines how adolescent identity development is influenced by bias in digital products, environments, and “autonomous” technologies that learn and adapt to users’ short-term needs.

An under-researched source of bias is the explicit assumption that users engage these technologies with a well-formed, durable identity. This creates inequities in algorithmic impact on adolescents who are actively developing their identities compared to adults, as these technologies act as mechanisms of socialization and identity convergence. The combination of personalizable content, information filters, and computer-mediated social expectations potentially shapes and/or concretizes adolescents’ identity formation (i.e., beliefs about oneself and one’s positionality in the world or one’s community) in a way that it does not in adulthood.

Further, given that adolescence is a sensitive developmental period characterized by high susceptibility to outside influence, algorithmic biases may perpetuate or exacerbate existing developmental disparities. My long term career goal is to understand how “autonomous” computation, like artificial intelligence, fits into previously theorized ecologies of home, school, peer, and neighborhood influence on youths’ developmental trajectories.

Interested in collaborating?

I’m always looking for folks to write with.

Shoot me an email.

 
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Trophy Case


My approach is collaborative, my spirit competitive 🏆

Trophy Case


My approach is collaborative, my spirit competitive 🏆

2017 - HARVARD Prize Fellowship

2017 - HARVARD PRESIDENTIAL SCHOLAR

Six year tuition and stipend funding for doctoral study at the Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.

Highly selective fellowship program created to encourage outstanding students to consider public service and academic careers.

2013 - The Undergraduate awards social sciences finalist

Recognized as part of the top 10% of undergraduate social scientists in the world

2015 - Startup UCLA

1 of 10 teams selected to participate in and receive funding from competitive accelorator

 

2012 - national mcnair research scholarship symposium

Nominated to represent UCLA as symposium plenary speaker

2013 - ucla westwind conference dean's prize

Won top honor at school wide research conference

 

2011-2013 McNair Research Fellow

Selected to participate in highly selective, 2-year, federally funded, PhD preparatory program

2012- UCLA Undergraduate Research Fellow

Selected to receive additional funding for research endeavors

 

2011 - american advertising federation most promising minority student

Recognized nationally and profiled in Ad Week for my student contributions in the advertising industry.

2011 - pepsico campus to corporate grant

Awarded scholarship for excellence and leadership in marketing and advertising

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Life Experience


pursuing creative hobbies and getting out of my comfort zone is my idea of work-life balance 

Life Experience


pursuing creative hobbies and getting out of my comfort zone is my idea of work-life balance 

Creative Writing

Whether it's writing about love, feminism, or startup-life, I'm in constant pursuit of evocative and economical communication. Click the thumbnails to read more.

 

Travel

I live to spend my free time in the air or on the road.
Next up on my bucket list? Hot air balloon over the temples in Myanmar, visit the Taj Mahal, safari in Bwindi, wine taste in Cape Town, surf in Wellington... You can follow my adventures here.