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. Much of her research centers on the content and effects of media on children; on issues of gender and ethnicity in media; and on how children make sense of these images in the world of animated programming. Dobrow's other main research interests are in the intersection of women's history and communication studies, and in biography.
Her book, After Emily: Two Remarkable Women and the Legacy of America's Greatest Poet, was published by WW Norton and Company in 2018. Her upcoming second dual biography, Crossing Indian Country: From the Wounded Knee Massacre to the Unlikely Marriage of Elaine Goodale and Ohíye'Sa, Charles Alexander Eastman, profiles the interracial marriage and work of two late 19th/early 20th century writers and Indian reformers. Dobrow is the co-PI of the Half the History Project, which archives and disseminates untold and under-told stories of women's lives through short-form biography, film and podcast. Dobrow has worked professionally as a journalist and runs workshops on media literacy training for parents, teachers, and students. She has written a blog on children and media issues for the Huffington Post, in addition to writing freelance pieces for the Boston Globe Magazine and other publications.
Dobrow's work at Tisch College focuses on developing and teaching courses in the area of Civic Media, mentoring Tisch College faculty, advising students in the Civic Studies major, coordinating internships for students that focus on issues of media and civic engagement, and putting on events such as the annual Edward R. Murrow Forum on Issues and Journalism.
Outside of Tufts, Dobrow has volunteered extensively on town boards and committees in her community in educational and environmental realms. She also serves as president of the Boston Authors Club.