Melinda Barnard

Professor, Emeritus

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Melinda Barnard



Professor Melinda Barnard has been teaching in the Communication & Media Studies Department since 1990. She received a PhD from Stanford University and an EdM from Harvard University. Her research interest in children and media began as an undergraduate studying Sesame Street. She has since moved into the study of children and computers, children and cyber-mobility and now children and screen time. Her favorite paper was published in 2006 ‘Cyber-mobility: The Growth of Pre-Teen Independence Despite Parental Proximity’. In 2008 she took a break from teaching and became Associate Vice President in charge of Faculty Affairs, Graduate Studies, and Research and Sponsored Projects. She returned to teaching in 2017. Her favorite slogan was always ‘Television made me what I am today!’