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Kathryn Montgomery

Kathryn Montgomery is a Professor in the School of Communication at American University, where she directs a new interdisciplinary PhD program focused on the intersections of media, technology, and democracy. Dr. Montgomery conducts ongoing research on the uses of media by young people, and assesses the major technology, economic, and policy trends affecting the future of digital media. She is currently co-principal investigator on a project funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation studying digital marketing practices and youth.  In addition to numerous articles and reports, Montgomery is the author of: Target: Prime Time - Advocacy Groups and the Struggle over Entertainment Television (Oxford University Press, 1989); and Generation Digital: Politics, Commerce, and Childhood in the Age of the Internet (MIT Press, 2007).

During the 1990s, as President and Co-Founder of the nonprofit Center for Media Education, Dr. Montgomery led a coalition of child advocacy, health, and education groups in a series of successful advocacy campaigns, leaving behind a legacy of policies on behalf of children and families. They include: a Federal Communications Commission rule requiring a minimum of three hours per week of educational/informational television programming for children; a content-based ratings system for TV programs; and the first federal legislation to protect children's privacy on the Internet—the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA).

She earned a Ph.D. in Film and Television Studies in 1979 from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Kathryn Montgomery