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Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development

Julie Dobrow

Senior Lecturer
Director, Center for Interdisciplinary Studies
Lecturer, Department of Public Health & Community Medicine, Tufts School of Medicine

Julie Dobrow

Senior Lecturer
Director, Center for Interdisciplinary Studies
Lecturer, Department of Public Health & Community Medicine, Tufts School of Medicine

Phone 617-627-4744
105 College Avenue, Medford, MA
Education: 
Ph.D., Media Studies, Annenberg School of Communication, University of Pennsylvania, 1987
M.A., Media Studies, Annenberg School of Communication, University of Pennsylvania, 1984
A.B., Anthropology and Sociology, Smith College, 1981
Expertise: 

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

Research Interests: 

I am currently working on a three-tiered interdisciplinary research project along with Chip Gidney and Mary Casey at Eliot-Pearson, along with several other departments at Tufts. The first piece of this project is a long-running content analysis of children’s animated programming. We examine images of gender, race, ethnicity, and age in some of the most popular cartoons. The second part of this research is an exploration of why stereotyping persists in children’s media. We are examining this through intensive interviews with content creators, writers, directors, vocal casting directors, and actors. The third part is empirical research we’re conducting with children, to see how they 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 and for children in a variety of settings, and consulting work with colleagues at WGBH, one of the leading creators of children’s educational media. I have written about children and media issues in a variety of academic and popular venues.

My other research is historical in nature. I’ve written one biography of the relatively unknown mother/daughter team who made Emily Dickinson into one of the most-known women anywhere in the world, and am starting work on a couple of other biographical projects.

Current Projects:

  • Children’s Television Project (CTV)
Selected Professional Activities: 
  • Consultant, WGBH
  • Reviewer for professional journals (Sexualization, Media and Society, Gender and Women’s Studies, MA Historical Review)
  • Freelance writer
Selected Publications and Presentations: 

Dobrow, J. (October 2018). After Emily:  Two Remarkable Women and the Legacy of America’s Greatest Poet. NY:  W.W. Norton & Co.

Dobrow, J. (12/6/18). “Emily Dickinson:  188 years young and fresh!Medium.

Dobrow, J. (November-December 2018). “Millicent Todd Bingham:  Life of an An Unlikely Dickinson Scholar.” Harvard Magazine.

Dobrow, J. (11/8/18).  “How Much Editing Was Done to Emily Dickinson’s Poems After She Died?” Literary Hub.

Dobrow, J. (10/23/18). “Lessons from ‘Nasty Women’ of the Past.” Medium.

Pila, Sarah, Dobrow, Julie et al.  (Fall, 2018). “The ‘Good Girls; Exploring Features of Female Characters in Children’s Animated Television.” Gnovis 12(1), 35-51.

Dobrow, J., Gidney, C. and Burton, J. (3/7/18). “Why it’s so important for kids to see diverse characters on television and film,The Conversation.

Dobrow, J. (July 2017). “The Star Crossed Astronomer.” Amherst Magazine.

Dobrow, J. (June 2017). “Mabel Loomis Todd:  The Civic Impulses and Civic Engagement of an Accidental Activist.” Historical Journal of MA 45(2).

Dobrow, J. (2016). “Early 20th Century “Tree Huggers”:  Mabel Loomis Todd, Millicent Todd Bingham and the Development of their Conservation Impulses,” National Audubon Society/Hog Island website.

Dobrow, J. (2013 – 2016).  Blogger for Huffington Post, Screen Sense: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/julie-dobrow/

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.