Dafna Lemish is an Israeli-American media researcher in the fields of children, youth, and leisure culture. An International Communication Association fellow, she is an author and editor of numerous books and articles on children, media, and gender representations. She is also the founding editor of the Journal of Children and Media.
The Ohio State University
Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Tel Aviv University, Israel
Dafna Lemish's research interests include children and media, gender representations and identity construction, media literacy, qualitative methodologies, and feminist theory. She has published numerous books, refereed journal articles, and book chapters. She is a Fellow of the International Communication Association, the first recipient of the Teresa Award for the Advancement of Feminist Scholarship of the Feminist Scholarship Division, and the inaugural Senior Scholar of the Children, Adolescents and Media Division.
- Immigration Dynamics
- Identity and/or Dealing with Difference in Society
- New Media Literacy
- Media Effects
- Media and Social Justice
- Media and Power
- Marginalized and Under-represented Populations
- Children and Media
- Children and Families
- Applied research
- Educational Technology
- Global Media
- Family Communication
- Digital Inequality
- Popular Culture
- Qualitative Research
- Race and Ethnicity
- Relationships and Social Networks
- Young Adults
Centers, Labs, and Clusters
The Bi-National Science Foundation US-Israeli: Grant to study interactive mobile media use by children and their parents in public places (with Nelly Elias in Israel) ( $220,000), 2017-2021
Sesame Workshop: Grant to study implementation of Shalom Sesame DVDs in Jewish homes, ($7,000) 2011
Israeli Science Foundation: Grant to study online humor and Israeli Students: The Construction of National, Ethnic, and Gender Identities with Limor Shifman, Hebrew University of Jerusalem ($50,000) 2010
The International Central Institute for Youth and Educational Television (IZI), Munich, Germany: Grant to study representations of families in children’s television cross-culturally (€4,000) 2008
Israeli Science Foundation: Grant to study children and news, ($45,000) 2006-2008
The International Central Institute for Youth and Educational Television (IZI), Munich, Germany: Grant to study gender in children's television cross-culturally (€5,000) 2008
Cellcom, Ltd., Israel: Grant to study social implications of cellular telephony in Israel (with Akiba A. Cohen), 2002-2005 ($75,000)
Lemish, D. & Götz, M. (Eds.) (2017). Beyond the stereotypes? Boys, girls, and their images. The International Clearinghouse of Children, Youth and Media, University of Gothenburg, Sweden: Nordicom.
Lemish, D., Jordan, A., & Rideout, V. (Eds.) (2017). Children, adolescents, and media: The future of research and action. NY: Routledge.
Lemish, D. (2015). Children and Media: A Global Perspective. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell. Lemish, D. (Ed.). The Routledge International Handbook of Children, Adolescents and Media. New York and Abingdon: Routledge.
Lemish, D. (Ed.) (2013). The Routledge International Handbook of Children, Adolescents and Media. New York and Abingdon: Routledge. Paperback edition, 2015.
Lemish, D. (2010) Screening Gender on Children’s Television: The Views of Producers around the World. New York and Abingdon: Routledge.
Awards & Recognitions
The Charles Klotzer International Media Literacy Award, The Gateway Media Literacy Partners, 2015
Inaugural recipient of the Senior Scholar Award of the Children, Media and Adolescents Division of the International Communication Association (ICA), Phoenix, Arizona, 2012
CMCH Scholar, The Center on Media and Child Health, Children’s Hospital Boston and Harvard Medical School and Public Health School, 2010-present
Fellow of the International Communication Association (ICA), July 2010
The first recipient of the Teresa Award for the Advancement of Feminist Scholarship, The Feminist Scholarship Division of the International Communication Association (ICA), 2009.