Rebecca Hains is a children’s media culture expert. An associate professor of advertising and media studies at Salem State University, in Salem, Mass., her research focuses on girls and media.
She is the author of Growing Up With Girl Power: Girlhood On Screen and in Everyday Life (Peter Lang Press) and several essays in anthologies and peer-reviewed journals, including Popular Communications and The International Journal of Girlhood Studies. She is currently working on a new anthology called Princess Cultures: Mediating Girls’ Imaginations and Identities (co-edited with Miriam Forman-Brunell).
Her new book, Confronting Cinderella: Guiding Our Girls Through the Princess-Obsessed Years, will be released by Source Books next year.
Rebecca has spoken about her work at more than 30 national and international conferences and events, including the Geena Davis Institute on Gender and Media in Los Angeles and the Prix Jeunesse International, a festival in Germany that promotes excellence in children’s television worldwide.
Rebecca holds a Ph.D. in mass media and communication from Temple University in Philadelphia, as well as a B.A. from Emmanuel College and an M.S. from Boston University. She lives with her husband and two sons in Peabody, Mass., and blogs about children’s media and popular culture at rebeccahains.wordpress.com and at The Christian Science Monitor.