Amy R. Franzini, PhD
- Associate Professor
- Communications & Marketing
- PhD, Mass Media & Communication (2003)
Temple University (PA)
I have been a member of the Widener faculty since 2001. I teach a wide variety of courses in COMS, from COMS Freshman Seminar to Senior Capstone, with many fun and interesting courses in between, such as Film Analysis and Interpersonal Communication. As a service-learning fellow, I am a strong supporter of Widener's mission. I strive to have my students connect what they learn in the classroom to their everyday lives—past, present, and future.
I strongly believe that learning is a lifelong endeavor, and I'm consistently learning from my students. I have a passion for communications and teaching, and more than anything I want to help my students to find their own personal passions.
- Pop culture
- Mass media and children
- TV and parents/parenting
- TV and teens
- TV history
- Communication theories
I research the intersections between children, parents, and the media. This research varies from studying children's television content to helping parents use media as teachable moments with their children.
- Franzini, A.R. (2012). Children and media in parenting. In V.B. Cvetkovic & D.C. Olson (Eds.), Portrayals of children in popular culture: Fleeting images (15–26). Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.
- Franzini, A.R. (2008). Is school cool? Academics and intelligence on teen television. In L. Holderman (Ed.), Common sense: Intelligence as presented on popular television. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.
- Franzini, A.R. (2007). The world of teenage television: A longitudinal content analysis of prime-time programming most popular among adolescents. The National Social Science Journal, 27(2).
Professional Affiliations & Memberships
National Communication Association (NCA), Popular Culture/American Culture Association (PCA/ACA)
In the Media
- Real Clear Investigations
- Communication Studies Professor Publishes Article in The Journal of Children and Media
Amy Franzini, associate professor of communication studies and digital media informatics, recently had an article, entitled "U.S. coviewing during COVID" published in a special issue of The Journal of Children and Media. The special issue was entitled "Children, Media, and the Clarity of Crises in 2020."
The article focused on how the COVID-19 lockdown in 2020 provided a unique opportunity for Franzini to interweave her personal family life, as a parent, and professional life, as a researcher of teachable moments in children's media.