Imperial College London

Dr Julianne K. Viola

Central FacultyCentre for Higher Education Research and Scholarship

Research Associate



+44 (0)20 7594 3392j.viola




Sherfield BuildingSouth Kensington Campus





Julianne is a postdoctoral Research Associate at the Centre for Higher Education Research and Scholarship (CHERS). Julianne completed her doctorate at the Department of Education, University of Oxford, where her research explored how adolescents develop their civic identities, conceptualisations of citizenship, and the interplay of social media and technology on youth civic identity.

Previously, Julianne has collaborated with researchers at Harvard University, the University of California, Santa Barbara, and the data analytics startup, Panorama Education, to develop scales for rigorous and reliable student perception surveys that are used now used by 3.2 million students across 380 districts and 4,800 schools. Julianne has also collaborated on the Transmedia Literacy project at the Oxford Internet Institute, and has consulted for The Education Hub, a not-for-profit organisation in New Zealand, where she developed evidence-based resources for teachers.

Julianne holds a BA in Government from Cornell University and an EdM in Education Policy and Management from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Julianne has a particular interest in young people's civic identity development, efficacy, agency in their own learning, and engagement with their communities. Julianne‚Äôs experiences as an educator and mentor for young people through organisations like the Junior State of America have inspired her to pursue research that empowers youth in contemporary society.



Viola JK, 2020, Young People's Civic Identity in the Digital Age, Springer International Publishing, ISBN:9783030374044


Viola J, Youth Voice in Contemporary Society: Building youth efficacy for engagement in the political world, International Conference for Education and Democratic Citizenship (ICEDC) 2019

Viola J, Social Media and Political Socialisation: How youth conceptualise citizenship in contemporary society, PSA Annual International Conference 2019

Thesis Dissertations

Viola J, 2019, Civic Identity in the Digital Age: An investigation into the civic experiences of American young people

More Publications