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Julie Dobrow

Tisch College Senior Fellow for Media and Civic Engagement

Julie Dobrow

Julie Dobrow

Tisch College Senior Fellow for Media and Civic Engagement

Phone 617.627.4744
Eliot-Pearson Child Development Center, Room 159
105 College Avenue, Medford, MA

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 history and communication studies and in biography.

Her book, Outside Emily's Door: Two Remarkable Women and the Legacy of America's Greatest Poet, was published by WW Norton and Company in 2018. 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 vice president of the Boston Authors Club.

Ph.D., Media Studies, Annenberg School of Communications, University of Pennsylvania
M.A., Media Studies, Annenberg School of Communications, University of Pennsylvania
A.B. (magna cum laude), Anthropology and Sociology, Smith College
Professional Experience: 

Tufts University

  • Senior Fellow, Joanthan M. Tisch College of Civic Life (2016-present)

  • Director, Center for Interdisciplinary Studies (2014-present)

  • Senior Lecturer, Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development (1995-present)

  • Director, Communications & Media Studies Program (1999-2015)

  • Director, Media & Public Service Program, Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service (2006-2010)


Boston University

  • Director of Graduate Programs, College of Communication (1988-1993)

  • Assistant Chair, Mass Communication/Public Relations Department, College of Communication (1988-91, 1992-93)

  • Assistant Professor, College of Communication, (1986-1993)

Selected Professional Activities: 
2006-present: Children’s TV Project (project website:
2016-present: Consultant, WGBH, First 8 Labs
2005-present: WGBH/Tufts partnership
Curriculum Vitae: 
Teaching/Courses Taught: 
Media and Environment: Creating Change
Environment, Communication & Cultures
Gender, Race and Media
Heroes and Villains in Mass Media
Creating Children’s Media
Children and Mass Media
Children and Media Seminar
Media Literacy and Social Change

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