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Contact Info:
Tufts University
Eliot-Pearson Department
of Child Study and
Human Development
105 College Avenue
Medford, MA 02155

Office: 617-627-4744

Julie Dobrow
Senior Lecturer
Director, Center for Interdisciplinary Studies
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 Pennsylvania, 1984
AB, Anthropology and Sociology, Smith College, 1981

Children and media, ethnicity/gender and media, adolescents and media use

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 Sense.

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 and Positive Youth Development: How News Media Use Can Promote Knowledge and Predict Activity." Chapter in Positive Youth Development: Research and Applications for Promoting Thriving in Adolescence, a thematic issue of Advances in Child Development and Behavior.

Dobrow, J. (2003). "Electronic Media in Young Children's Lives." In Proactive Parenting: Guiding your Child from Two to Six. New York: Beakley Books.