Director, Communications & Media Studies Program
Lecturer, Department of Public Health & Community Medicine, Tufts School of Medicine
Dr. Dobrow is currently working on a three-tiered interdisciplinary research project along with Chip Gidney at the Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study & Human Development, and Jennifer Burton in the Department of Drama and Dance. They are updating prior work that investigates images of race, ethnicity, and gender in children’s animated programming using both content and sociolinguistic analysis. The second part of this research will be an exploration of these issues through intensive interviews with vocal casting directors and actors, and the third part will be empirical research of how children make sense of gender, race, and ethnicity in the animated programs they see. Dr. Dobrow’s applied work includes conducting numerous media literacy workshops for parents and for children in a variety of settings. She also writes a blog for The Huffington Post on children and media issues. Her other research is historical in nature. She is currently writing a mother/daughter biography of two fascinating 19th century women.
Professor of Oral Pathology
Jonathan Garlick is a Professor at the Tufts University School of Dental Medicine and a faculty member at the Tufts School of Medicine, School of Engineering, and Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life. As a research scientist, he has pioneered the use of stem cells for tissue engineering to develop new treatments for oral health, cancer, and complications of diabetes. He established the Center for Integrated Tissue Engineering at Tufts University to accelerate the discovery and clinical application of new drugs. He has published over 100 scientific articles and has served on national science advisory panels.
As a science and biomedical educator, Dr. Garlick teaches his students to explore the impact of science in their lives as a bridge toward moral responsibility and social action. At Tisch College, he directs a science education and science engagement initiative known as Civic Science, to inform public learning about scientific issues and to activate civic empowerment. His goal is to advance the role of higher education in promoting science literacy and inclusive public dialogue about divisive scientific issues in order to foster active citizenship.
Professor Garlick received his D.D.S. and Ph.D. from Stony Brook School of Dental Medicine and his Oral Pathology training from Long Island Jewish Medical Center. Dr. Garlick has been awarded Stony Brook School of Dental Medicine’s Distinguished Alumnus Award and the President and Chancellor’s Award, the State University of New York’s highest teaching honor. He has been inducted into the Monticello High School Hall of Distinction for his contributions to society.
Elizabeth Arnold Stevens Junior Professor
Associate Director, Tufts Institute for Human-Animal Interaction
Dr. Megan Mueller is the Elizabeth Arnold Stevens Junior Professor in the Department of Clinical Sciences at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University, and is the Associate Director of the Tufts Institute for Human-Animal Interaction. She teaches in the M.S. program in Animals and Public Policy at the Center for Animals and Public Policy, as well as in the Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development. Dr. Mueller received her B.A. in psychology and M.A. and Ph.D. in child study and human development from Tufts University.
Dr. Mueller’s research, teaching, and service focuses on assessing how relationships with animals can promote healthy children, families and communities through pet ownership, animal-assisted therapy, and animal-based community programs. Her ongoing projects involve human-animal interaction in military families, the integration of animals into science and engineering education, the effects of equine and canine-assisted therapy in promoting mental health, and accessibility of veterinary care to underserved human and animal populations.
Senior Fellow for the Humanities
Diane O’Donoghue is the Senior Fellow for the Humanities at Tisch College. She joined the Tufts faculty in 1991, teaching in the Department of Visual and Critical Studies (in affiliation with the School of the Museum of Fine Arts) in both the undergraduate and graduate programs. She served for two terms as department chair and has been a recipient of the Excellence in Teaching award. She is an art historian (Ph.D. Harvard University) who specialized in the Bronze Age of China and has taught courses on the visual cultures of Asia, as well as on theories of representation, gender, and art criticism.
It was in the course of writing Reflection and Reception: The Origins of the Mirror in Bronze Age China (Stockholm: Östasiatiska Museet, 1990) that she began to recognize that, in addition to serving as cultural and political documents, excavated objects produced meanings of depth and surface, of materiality and memory. To pursue these questions from another perspective, she became an affiliate scholar at the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute, where she was a Silberger Scholar, and was elected to membership and appointed to the faculty. Dr. O’Donoghue has been the Fulbright/Sigmund Freud Scholar of Psychoanalysis at the University of Vienna and the Freud Museum.
She has received the CORST Prize, for her writing on psychoanalysis and archaeology, from the American Psychoanalytic Association, and was awarded a second Fulbright Fellowship for Austria, where she was affiliated with the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. She was the Ortner-Chopin Visiting Professor, also in Vienna, in 2010, and the Scholar-in-Residence at the Erikson Institute for the spring semester of 2014. She is currently completing a book project that investigates the role of visual cultures in Freud’s construction of the unconscious. A recipient of the Felix and Helene Deutsch Prize for writing on Freud’s Interpretation of Dreams, she has published on a variety of cultural objects—ruins, maps, “antiquities,” and illustrated books—as they informed the psychoanalytic theories of mind. She serves on the editorial board of American Imago: Psychoanalysis and the Human Sciences.
Dr. O’Donoghue was a Tisch College Faculty Fellow in 2013-2014. Her project involved the work of the descendants’ organization that she co-founded in Vienna in 2009 to advocate for the restoration of Jewish cemeteries in Austria. Along with other activities, they organize reparative public projects to counter the effects, from the Nazi era onward, of anti-Semitic and racist desecration of burial sites and memorials. Read more about that project here.