Staff Bios

FMS Co-Director
Julie Dobrow

Julie Dobrow has an A.B. from Smith College in anthropology and sociology, and holds M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in media studies from the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania. Some of her research centers on the content and effects of media on children, on issues of gender and ethnicity in media and how children make sense of these images in the world of animated programming.  Dobrow’s other main research interest is in the intersection of history and communication studies.

Her book, Outside Emily's Door: Mabel Loomis Todd, Millicent Todd Bingham and the Making of America's Greatest Poet, will be published by WW Norton and Company in 2016. Dobrow has worked professionally as a journalist, and runs workshops on media literacy training for parents, teachers, and students. She writes a blog on children and media issues for the Huffington Post, in addition to freelance pieces for the Boston Globe Magazine and other publications.

Dobrow has faculty appointments in the Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development in the School of Arts & Sciences, and in the Department of Public Health and Community Medicine at the Tufts School of Medicine.

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FMS Co-Director
Malcolm Turvey

Malcolm Turvey holds the Sol Gittleman Professorship in Film and Media Studies, and is a professor in the department of Art and Art History. He received his Ph.D. in cinema studies from New York University in 2002, and has been an editor of the journal October since 2001. He works primarily in the areas of film theory, the philosophy of film, avant-garde film, and film and modernism, and he is the author of two books: Doubting Vision: Film and the Revelationist Tradition (Oxford University Press, 2008) and The Filming of Modern Life: European Avant-Garde Film of the 1920s (MIT Press, 2011). He is also co-editor of Wittgenstein, Theory, and the Arts (Routledge, 2001) and Camera Obscura/Camera Lucida: Essays in Honor of Annette Michelson (University of Amsterdam Press, 2003).

Turvey is currently finishing a book titled Play Time: Jacques Tati and Comedic Modernism, which explores the reasons why many avant-garde artists in the early 20th century were drawn to the films of Chaplin, Keaton, and other prominent film comedians. The book then examines how the great French filmmaker Jacques Tati synthesized avant-garde aesthetics with the popular tradition of comedian comedy in his post-WWII films. Turvey also recently edited an issue of October on “The Return to Classical Film Theory







FMS Program Administrator
John Ciampa

John Ciampa has a B.A. in Journalism from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He advises students on the FMS major, assists with project research, and provides internship and career counseling. His many other duties include: organizing and moderating numerous FMS events; maintaining outreach to current and prospective students and alumni, and handling the design, copy, and photography for the FMS website. He also oversees publication of FMS' biannual newsletter.

Before joining Tufts, he was a reporter for GateHouse Media, and continues to contribute to various publications on a freelance basis.






FMS Internship Administrator
Leslie Goldberg


Leslie Goldberg has been teaching and advising students in the communication fields for more than 20 years. At Tufts, she teaches one section of the senior colloquium for students completing senior projects, and manages the FMS internship program. She also runs her own communications consulting company, Blue Sun Communications, which she founded in 1991. She specializes in writing and managing a wide range of corporate communications materials, including annual reports, newsletters, Web pages, and corporate capabilities brochures. Clients include McLean Hospital, Tufts University, and the Boston Museum of Science.

In addition to teaching writing and media studies courses at Tufts and Boston University, Goldberg also teaches corporate writing seminars to professionals in the workplace. She holds an M.S. in mass communications from BU and a B.S. in psychology from Tufts.






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