I was born in Mexico City, and I’ve been living in the United States since 1990. I did my Ed.D. at Teachers College, Columbia University, in the Communication, Computing and Technology in Education program. Previously, I was Director of Learning Systems Design at eCornell, where I was the principal architect behind the company’s patented approach to online learning systems design and production (download a white paper here). My wife is Asma Barlas, a scholar of Qur’anic hermeneutics.


You can download a PDF of my vitae here


Portrait of Prof. Mejias by Julio Valenzuela, 2013
Portrait of Prof. Mejias by Julio Valenzuela, 2013


Some old blog posts (including stuff from my “ideant” archive)

Networks and the quantification of sociality, 7/9/07
Rebellion by Numbers, 5/7/07
How does social media educate? – iDC wrap up, 2/23/07
The Faith & the Filth: Performing Hajj in 1427, 1/8/07
The tyranny of nodes: Towards a critique of social network theories, 10/9/06
The thing about the internet of things, 9/15/06
Spectacular Feast: Social Media and Ultimate Consumerism, 9/2/06
Confinement, Education and the Control Society, 8/25/06
Video Games, Authority, and Problem-based Thinking, 8/14/06
Social Media and the Networked Public Sphere, 7/20/06
Technology Without Ends: A Critique of Technocracy as a Threat to Being, 6/3/06
“Socialist” Software, 5/5/06
In Defense of the Digital Divide as Paralogy (v 1.0), 2/27/06
More on Dissertations, Blogs, Knowledge, etc., 2/8/06
The Blog as Dissertation Literature Review?, 1/25/06
Wiki Evaluation Methods, 1/23/06
What is social about social software?, 1/21/06
Teaching Social Software with Social Software: A report, 12/28/05
Technology, the culture of testing, and obstacles to school change, 12/17/05
A Jihad Against Gender Oppression, 11/7/05
A Nomad’s Guide to Learning and Social Software, 11/1/05
Social agency and the intersection of communities and networks (draft), 10/16/05
Alternatives to Extremism: An Indonesian Travelogue, 7/23/05
The Unfixedness of Knowledge: Discourse, Genre, and Mode in Wikipedia, 6/7/05
Facilitating the social annotation and commentary of web pages, 5/20/05
Tag Literacy, 4/26/05
Open Ijtihad, 4/16/05
Telepistemology, Combat Robots, and Human Pacman, 4/8/05
Social literacies: Some observations about writing and wikis, 3/4/05
Movable Distance: Technology, Nearness and Farness, 1/20/05
Is morality an emergent behavior?, 1/5/05
Moral Development and the Internet, 1/2/05
A study, 12/27/04
Open Affordances Panel: Transcript, 12/12/04
Un-Empathic Nation?, 11/20/04
Alterity and Technology: Interview with Profs. Furstenberg and Levet of MIT’s Cultura Project, 6/4/04
Weapons of Mass Communication, 5/20/04
Norbert Elias: Technology and Momentary Lapses Into Barbarism, 3/8/04
Virtual Freedom and Tolerance: The Perils of Uniform Diversity, 2/8/04
The limits of e-Democracy: Between Public and Mass, 1/27/04
Technology and Blindness to Suffering, 1/18/04
Postmodernism, Virtuality, Globalization and the (fragmented) Self – 3/3, 12/21/03
Postmodernism, Virtuality, Globalization and the (fragmented) Self – 2/3, 12/20/03
Postmodernism, Virtuality, Globalization and the (fragmented) Self – 1/3, 12/19/03
Online Relationships: Here and Now?, 11/6/03