CERG Description

The goal of the Civic Engagement Research Group (CERG) is to provide an evidence base that informs the design of policies and programs that promote the development of citizens for an effective, just, and humane democratic society.

Erica Hodgin

Erica Hodgin is the Associate Director of the Civic Engagement Research Group (CERG) at the University of California, Riverside. Currently, CERG is partnering with Oakland, Chicago, Riverside, Los Angeles, and two school districts in Washington State on district-wide reform efforts that seek to Leverage Equity and Access to Democratic Education (LEADE). Erica also coordinates, with Joe Kahne, the development of teacher resources for the Teaching Channel’s Deep Dive on Educating for Democracy in the Digital Age. She also co-developed the Digital Civics Toolkit for educators with colleagues Carrie James and Sangita Shresthova. Erica’s current research focuses on the distribution, quality, and influence of youth civic learning and digital civic learning opportunities. She has authored articles in Social Education, Theory and Research in Social Education, and the Journal of Digital and Media Literacy as well as book chapters in Fake news: What is it, why it is problematic, and what educators can do about it; Digital Equity and Educational Opportunity; and #youthaction: Becoming Political in the Digital Age. Erica received her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from Mills College and completed her dissertation on the ways cultural humility can enable teachers to build effective relationships with students across racial and cultural differences. Before joining CERG, Erica taught English and Social Studies and served as an instructional coach at the middle school and high school level. She also coordinated educational programs in several non-profit organizations in California and Maharashtra, India.