The CTV Project focuses on 4 types of research:

  1. Content Analysis: We do content analysis and sociolinguistic analysis to track trends in the presentation of race, ethnicity, gender and age in children’s animated programming.

  2. Examination of Content Producers: We try to understand why those who create children’s programming make the decisions they do through a series of in-depth interviews with writers, producers, directors, vocal casting directors and voice actors.

  3. Investigation of Children’s Conceptualizations and Ideas about CTV: We investigate how children consume children’s programming and their subsequent perceptions and ideas about the world as a result of their media consumption.
  4. Investigation of Parental Involvement and Interventions around CTV: We investigate the role that parents play in children’s consumption of media as well as their involvement and possible interventions pertaining to CTV.



Dobrow, J. R., & Gidney, C. L. (1998). The Good, the Bad, and the Foreign: The Use of Dialect in Children’s Animated Television.  The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, 557, 105-119.

CTV work presented at a special session of SRCD, Fall 2016



CTV Data Visualization Tool: Comparing Villains and Heroes in Children’s Television



Tia Kaul (2000):  “Talk of the ‘Toons:  Implications of Dialect Use in Children’s Animated Television”

Virginia Ebbert (2003):  ‘One’s Bad; One’s Good’:  Children Voice the Distinctions between Animated Heroes and Villains”

Sarah Pila (2015):  The ‘Good Girls’:  Exploring Features of Female Characters in Children’s Animated Television



Elizabeth Berger (2017)

Quasebarth, Griffin. (2015). Zero to Hero: Standards of Beauty among Animated Heroes and Villains.  Unpublished Senior Honors Thesis.

Deborah Frank (2015):  “Are you a Good Witch or a Bad Witch?  Female Stereotypes in Animated Television”

Tia Kaul (1998):  “From Arthur to Angelica:  The Depiction of Gender Roles on Children’s Television and Children’s Ideas of Gender”