Renee Hobbs


Renee Hobbs is an internationally-recognized authority on 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 the Founder and Director of the Media Education Lab, whose mission is to improve the quality of media literacy education through research and community service.

Professor Hobbs maintains an active research agenda that examines the intersections of the fields of media studies and education. She has written four books and published over 150 articles in scholarly and professional journals. She is the founding co-editor of the Journal of Media Literacy Education, an open-access peer reviewed journal for the global media education community.


Media literacy, digital literacy, contemporary propaganda, media education pedagogy, social media for learning, online learning, children and media


  • Ed.D., Human Development, Harvard University
  • M.A., Communication Studies, University of Michigan
  • B.A., English Literature, Film/Video Studies, University of Michigan

Selected Publications

Hobbs, R. (2018). The Routledge Companion on Media Education, Copyright and Fair Use. New York: Routledge.

Hobbs R. (2017). Create to Learn: Introduction to Digital Literacy. New York: Wiley.

Hobbs, R. & Tuzel, S. (2017). Teacher motivations for digital and media literacy: An examination of Turkish educators. British Journal of Educational Technology 48(1), 7 – 22. DOI: 10.1111/bjet.12326

Hobbs, R. (2017). Approaches to teacher professional development in digital media literacy education In B. De Abreu, P. Mihailidis, A. Lee, J. Melki & J. McDougall (Eds). International Handbook of Media Literacy Education (pp. 88 – 113). New York: Routledge.

Hobbs, R. (2017). Measuring the digital and media literacy competencies of children and teens. In Fran C. Blumberg and Patricia J. Brooks (Eds.), Cognitive Development in Digital Contexts (pp. 253 – 274). London: Academic Press.

Hobbs, R. (2016). Exploring the Roots of Digital and Media Literacy through Personal Narrative. Philadelphia: Temple University Press.

Hobbs, R. & Coiro, J. (2016). Everyone learns from everyone: Collaborative and interdisciplinary professional development in digital literacy. Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy 50(2), 1 – 7. doi:10.1002/jaal.502

Hobbs, R. & Grafe, S. (2015). YouTube pranking across cultures. First Monday 20(7). DOI:10.5210/fm.v20i7.5981

Hobbs, R. (2015). Twitter as a pedagogical tool in higher education. In R. Lind (Ed). Producing Theory in a Digital World 2.0 (pp. 211 – 228). New York: Peter Lang.

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