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  • Vikki Katz
  • Associate Professor, School of Communication and Information
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  • Vikki Katz is an Associate Professor in the School of Communication and Information at Rutgers University. Dr. Katz holds a B.A. from UCLA, and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at the University of Southern California, where she also held an Annenberg Foundation postdoctoral fellowship for two years.

    Her research interests lie at the intersection of immigration, children and families, and media. Her primary line of research concerns immigrant family dynamics and how parent-child interactions influence their individual and collective settlement experiences. She has examined how children of Latino immigrants broker language, culture, and media for their families at home and in local schools, healthcare facilities, and social services. She has a forthcoming book on this subject, Kids in the middle: How children of immigrants negotiate community interactions for their families (Rutgers U. Press). She is currently engaged in two projects in this area. The first explores how Latino immigrant parents and their children make decisions about adopting new communication technologies (particularly broadband) into their home environments, and the opportunities and disruptions they expect these technologies to manifest in their family lives. The second is an investigation of how families of immigrant Latino, U.S.-born Latino, and African American parentage navigate the complex interactions they have within the Bronx Family Court system. Her other line of research concerns ethnic media, from both producers' and consumers' perspectives. This work has produced a co-authored book, Understanding ethnic media: Producers, consumers, and societies (Sage Publications), as well as articles on ethnic media as partners for broadband adoption in immigrant communities, and an exploration of ethnic media producers' communities of professional practice. See her website for updated information about her work.