Board Member: Bobbie Eisenstock, Ph.D.

Bobbie Eisenstock, Ph.D., is a Board Member of the National Association for Media Literacy Education. She is a media educator and advocate specializing in the social and psychological effects of media on youth. Her teaching and research intersect media and news literacy with community-engaged learning to educate and empower students to use their voice for personal and social change in the convergent media ecosystem. As part of her outreach, she facilitates workshops for students, teachers, parents, school administrators, health professionals and community leaders, and directs civic engagement initiatives about media diversity and inclusiveness, social media and body image, and the “fake news” crisis of credibility. Her current collaboration is with Newseum ED/Freedom Forum Institute to develop actionable strategies to mediate the spread of disinformation.

Dr. Eisenstock is on the Journalism faculty at California State University, Northridge (CSUN) where she serves on the Advisory Board of The Office of Community Engagement and is a Faculty Fellow at the Institute for Community Health and Wellbeing. Among the honors she has received are CSUN’s Visionary Award for Community-based Learning and the Exceptional Service to Students Award, NAMLE’s Elizabeth Thoman Service Award, and the National Association for Eating Disorders Award for Excellence in Activism and Advocacy. An affiliate of the Center for Media Literacy, Dr. Eisenstock has also taught at Syracuse University’s Newhouse School in Los Angeles, UCLA, and Antioch University’s program for prison inmates at California Institution for Women. She is currently writing a book about how to “read” the news based on the news literacy course she developed and teaches at CSUN (Peter Lang, forthcoming).