I’m an Assistant Professor in the Department of Childhood Studies at Rutgers University-Camden. During the 2015-16 academic year, I am also a Digital Studies Fellow at the Rutgers-Camden Digital Studies Center. I hold a Ph.D. in Film and Media Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara. My research interests include media archaeology, the intersection of “old” and “new” media, children’s media and material culture, animation, and archival and museum studies.
My current project focuses on how pre-cinematic visual media like early pop-up books and optical illusion toys helped cultivate children as media audiences near the turn of the twentieth century. A second project on augmented reality and animate toys is in the works.
Prior to joining the Department at Rutgers, I was a Visiting Assistant Professor of Film and Media Studies at Franklin & Marshall College (2013-14) and held the Artemis A.W. and Martha Joukowsky Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Pembroke Center at Brown University (2012-13). Before completing my Ph.D., I worked in museum education at the Museum of the Moving Image in New York, and as a teaching artist in public schools for the Urban Arts Partnership, instructing in the areas of animation, video production, and game design.
Feel free to be in touch with me via email: meredithabak[AT]gmail.com