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Dr. Lauren J. Silver - Rutgers University–CamdenDr. Lauren Silver is no stranger to helping others. An Assistant Professor of Childhood Studies, Dr. Silver has successfully merged community outreach with academics. As evidence of her passion, she has received both the Rutgers–Camden Civic Engagement Faculty Fellowship and the Chancellor’s Award for Academic Civic Engagement. Although she did not immediately know which path ... Read more ... Read more ...

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Childhood Studies Graduates First PhDs in the field in North America

Posted at 11:08 a.m. June 5, 2013, in News

In May 2013, the Department graduated its first Ph.D. students—Marla Wander, Lara Saguisag and Deb Valentine. These “pioneers” of childhood studies represent the leading edge of an exciting and dynamic field.

Marla’s research investigates the health decision making process among a adolescents, parents and physicians regarding optional vaccination for preventing HPV infections that cause adult cancers. Lara’s dissertation, “Drawing the Lines: Constructing Childhood in Progressive Era Kid Strips, 1896-1911,” examines representations of childhood in late nineteenth and early twentieth century comic strips.  Deb’s historical study of the playgrounds in late 19th-earlty 20th century Philadelphia demonstrates that play advocacy had both positive and negative effects for children in particular communities and sheds new light on the importance of women and African Americans play and kindergarten movements.

Lara will begin a tenure-track position as Assistant Professor in English at the City University of New York-College of Staten Island in Fall 2013.

Marla will consult on adolescent health.

In Fall 2013, Deb will be teaching in the Teacher Education Department at St. Joseph’s University. 

Congratulations to all!

Childhood Studies PhD Graduates with their Advisors at May 2013 graduation. From left to right: Dr. Daniel Hart. Deb Valentine, Marla Wander, Lara Saguisag, Dr. Lynne Vallone

Childhood Studies PhD Graduates with their Advisors at May 2013 graduation.
From left to right: Dr. Daniel Hart, Deb Valentine, Marla Wander, Lara Saguisag, Dr. Lynne Vallone