I am an Advanced Opportunity Fellow and a doctoral student in the Communication Arts Department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison under the mentorship of Professor Marie-Louise Mares. My research interests center around the effects of media on young children and their families, with a particular focus on understanding how media – and interactions with media – can be designed to better promote positive outcomes for children and families, especially children and families of color and those from lower-income backgrounds. My background is in childhood education and early child development; I have an Ed.M. in Human Development and Psychology from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, an M.S. in Childhood Education from CUNY Hunter, and a B.A. in Anthroplogy from Williams College. I'm a former elementary school teacher who has taught in Brooklyn, New York and rural Costa Rica and who has developed curricula for preschool and elementary school children in America, Costa Rica, and Kenya. I've also worked with hundreds of children and families and their schools as a researcher and liaison for various projects in child development labs at Tufts University and Harvard University.