Childhood Studies Graduate Program
Meredith A. Bak, Ph.D.
Children’s film, media, visual, and material cultures from the nineteenth century to the present
Sarada Balagopalan, Ph.D.
Postcolonial childhoods, the ‘developmental’ nation-state, late capitalism and current transnational efforts around children’s rights play out
Kate Cairns, Ph.D.
Dynamics of gender, culture and inequality, with particular focus on the construction of children and youth as the promise of collective futures; rural schooling, maternal foodwork, and urban agriculture
Daniel T. Cook, Ph.D.
How children’s market research professionals (e.g., marketers, market researchers, digital developers) and others in the “kids’ space” conceptualize their practices in relation to deployed notions of childhood
Daniel Hart, Ph.D.
Personality, moral, and civic development in context
Susan A. Miller, Ph.D.
Children’s patriotism and nationalism in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and the ways in which nineteenth-century female reformers and suffragists included younger girls in their political campaigns
Lauren J. Silver, Ph.D.
Youth identities, urban education, gender & education, child welfare, and comparative urban
Lynne Vallone, Ph.D.
Children’s literature and culture, the visual and material cultures of childhood and girlhood, and the Victorian Age
John Wall, Ph.D.
Post-structuralist ethical theory as well as philosophies of childhood and children’s rights
Anthony Wright, Ph.D.
Cultures of pediatric biomedicine, youth and digital technologies; youth activism and politics of indigeneity; United States and Mexico
Associate Faculty of the Childhood Studies Department
Bob Atkins, Ph.D., R.N., Program Director, NJ Health Initiative
Effects of urban poverty on child and adolescent health and development
Joseph Barbarese, Professor of English & Creative Writing
Children’s literature, creative writing, poetry, essays
Laurie Bernstein, Associate Professor of History
European women’s history; Adoption law, foster care, and custody battles and dependent children in Soviet Russia
Holly Blackford, Professor of English
Interests: 19th/20th Cent. American Literature, Children’s Literature, Meanings that children create from literature
Cati Coe, Professor of Anthropology
Care across the life course, nationalism, politics of culture, educational anthropology, West Africa
Lauren Grodstein, Professor of English
Creative writing, narrative nonfiction, and English literature
Charlotte N. Markey, Professor of Psychology
Health Psychology, Psychology of Eating-Related Behaviors, Psychology of Adolescence, and Child Development
Naomi Marmorstein, Professor of Psychology
Psychopathology in children and adolescents
Margaret Marsh, University Professor of History
Reproductive Medicine and Technology, Reproductive Sexuality, Women’s and Gender History, the History of Medicine in the United States
Jane A. Siegel, Professor of Criminal Justice
Impact of incarceration on children; family factors in crime and delinquency
Carol J. Singley, Professor of English
American Literature, Children’s Literature, Literary & Cultural Representations of Childhood, Kinship and Adoption
Tetsuji Yamada, Professor of Health Economics
Health economics, health care services, access to health care services, health disparity, health behavior & health education, and cost benefit/effective analysis