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Renee Hobbs

Founder, Media Education Lab

Renee Hobbs is an internationally-recognized authority on digital and media literacy education. Through community and global service and as a researcher, teacher, advocate and media professional, Hobbs has worked to advance the quality of digital and media literacy education in the United States and around the world. She is Founder and Director of the Media Education Lab, whose mission is to improve the quality of media literacy education through research and community service. With her colleague Julie Coiro, co-directs the URI Graduate Certificate in Digital Literacy, a 12-credit graduate program for K-12 and college faculty, librarians and media professionals. The program's signature professional development program is the Summer Institute in Digital Literacy, now in its 9th year. Renee Hobbs maintains an active research agenda that examines the intersections of the fields of media studies and education. She has published over 150 articles in scholarly and professional journals and in 2018, she was recognized for research productivity by receiving the Research Excellence Award from the University of Rhode Island. Forthcoming and recent book titles include: Media Literacy in Action: Questioning the Media (Rowman & Littlefield, 2021); Mind Over Media: Propaganda Education for a Digital Age (W.W. Norton, 2020); The Library Screen Scene: Film and Media Literacy in Schools, Colleges and Communities (Oxford University Press, 2019); and the edited 2-volume title, The International Encyclopedia of Media Literacy, with Paul Mihailidis (Wiley, 2019), finalist for a PROSE Award for best multivolume reference work. Renee Hobbs received an Ed.D in Human Development from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, an M.A. in Communication from the University of Michigan, and a B.A. with a double major in English Literature and Film/Video Studies from the University of Michigan. Learn more: [www.mediaeducationlab.com](http://)