Amy Bach is a doctoral candidate in Literacy Studies in the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania. Her research interests center on the study of media, schooling, and the social construction of knowledge and literacy; media production in independent, non-commercial community media outlets; grassroots and youth-produced audio and video documentaries and photography as resources for social commentary and education; and the social, political, economic, and cultural contexts of education and schooling in society. Amy is a Co-Principal Investigator on one of the Social Science Research Council funded collaborative projects in media and communications. This year-long study entitled, "Youth Channel All-City: Building a Municipal Infrastructure for Media Education, Production, and Distribution", centered on the development and implementation of a citywide community needs assessment that is being used to develop the nation’s first non-commercial youth-dedicated cable TV channel to all five boroughs of New York City. As a current Visiting Scholar at Temple University’s School of Communication and Theater, Amy is also involved in designing an integrated media arts and literacy program for an alternative school that works with Philadelphia youth who have dropped out of the public school system and who seek an alternative pathway to education.