of Child Study and
105 College Avenue
Medford, MA 02155
Director, Communications & Media Studies Program
Lecturer, Department of Public Health & Community
Medicine, Tufts School of Medicine
Ph.D., Media Studies, Annenberg School of Communication, University
of Pennsylvania, 1987
MA, Media Studies, Annenberg School of Communication, University of
AB, Anthropology and Sociology, Smith College, 1981
Children and media, ethnicity/gender and media, adolescents and
I am currently working on a three tiered interdisciplinary research
project along with Chip Gidney at Eliot-Pearson and Jennifer Burton
in Drama and Dance. We are updating prior work we've done that
investigates images of race, ethnicity and gender in children's
animated programming using both content and sociolinguistic
analysis. The second part of this research will be an exploration of
these issues through intensive interviews with vocal casting
directors and actors, and the third part will be empirical research
into how children make sense of gender, race and ethnicity in the
animated programs they see.
My applied work includes doing many media literacy workshops for
parents and for children in a variety of settings. I also write a
blog for The Huffington Post on children and media issues.
My other research is historical in nature. I'm currently writing a
mother/daughter biography of two fascinating 19th century women.
Dobrow, J. (2013 - ongoing). Blogger for
Huffington Post, Screen
Dobrow, J. (Winter, 2013). "Amour in Amherst: A Scholar Shares in
the Pain of
Bygone Lovers." Tufts Magazine.
Dobrow, J. (Winter/Spring2012). "Saving the Land: Thoreau's
Environmental Ethic and its Influence on Mabel Loomis Todd and
Millicent Todd Bingham." Journal of the Thoreau Society (277).
Boyd, M. and Dobrow, J. (2012). "Media Literacy, Civic Engagement
Positive Youth Development: How News Media Use Can Promote
Knowledge and Predict Activity." Chapter in Positive Youth
Research and Applications for Promoting Thriving in Adolescence, a
issue of Advances in Child Development and Behavior.
Dobrow, J. (2003). "Electronic Media in Young Children's Lives."
Parenting: Guiding your Child from Two to Six. New York: Beakley