Anne McLaren Award for Excellence Recipients

2018 Award Winner – Allison Mishkin

Allison Mishkin is a DPhil Student at the Oxford Internet Institute, focused on technology and child development. Most recently, she started Bit by Bit, an annual conference that aims to create a social community for high school women interested in STEM. Now in its third year, the event brings together celebrities, like Mindy Kaling, with leading innovators, like Ursula Burns, to inspire the next generation of female technologists. This work builds off of her undergraduate outreach at the University of Pennsylvania, where she was the President of the University’s Women in Computer Science club and designed two new academic programs that increased the percentage of women in the department.

Allison’s research focuses on how technology education, schools, and peer groups can support positive outcomes from teenage girls’ technology use. She applies psychological interventions to improve the persistence of young women in technology settings and to improve parent-child relationships around technology use. Through her thesis, she hopes to identify strategies that schools, communities, and families can use to promote self-regulated technology use. In addition to her PhD, funded by the Laura Walker Fellowship and a Forté Fellowship, Allison is simultaneously pursuing an MBA at the Yale School of Management, where she is able to leverage her academic findings towards their real-world impacts.

Before coming to Oxford, Allison managed the National STEM Video Game Challenge at the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop, for which she was invited to the White House Science Fair. She also helped launch Rupert Murdoch’s educational design firm and designed a suite of educational video games designed to support low-income students. A former Google Policy Fellow, Allison has published research on topics including technology and child development, young girls and STEM education, youth interaction in online communities, telecommunications policy and more. As a freelance consultant, she has worked with start-ups and non-profits including Quirky, E-Line Media, and Brown University to help diversify their audiences. As an entrepreneur, Allison got her start at 14 when she started an online book club for her favorite author, which went viral and was later incorporated into the publishers’ teen girl marketing strategy.

A Thouron fellow, Allison received with her MSc from Oxford University as the Google Graduate Scholar at the Oxford Internet Institute. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Pennsylvania with an individualized degree in the Social Implications of Computer Science.