Dr. Diane Levin

Professor of Early Childhood Education, Early Childhood Education

Areas of Expertise


  • B.S. Cornell University (Child Development & Family Relastions)
  • M.Ed. Wheelock College (Working with Emotionally Disturbed Young Children)
  • Ph.D. Tufts University (Interdisciplinary: Sociology of Ed & Child Development)

Diane Levin teaches courses on play, media literacy, violence prevention and peace building, and action research. She leads an annual Wheelock Service Learning Program to Northern Ireland that focuses on How Early Childhood Programs Can Help Communities Affected by Violence Heal.

An internationally recognized expert, she helps professionals and parents deal with the effects of violence and sexualization in society, media and commercial culture on children.

Her newest book is Beyond Remote-Controlled Childhood: Teaching Young Children in the Media Age (2013). She is also the author or co-author of eight other books, including: So Sexy So Soon: The New Sexualized Childhood and What Parents Can Do to Protect Their Kids; The War Play Dilemma: What Every Parent and Teacher Needs to Know; and, Teaching Young Children in Violent Times: Building a Peaceable Classroom.

She has consulted for the American Psychological Association’s ACT against Violence Program. She has developed statewide peaceable classroom training for childcare providers in Maine, and been Senior Advisor for four PBS Parents’ websites. She is a founder of Defending the Early Years, which works to create a voice for appropriate early childhood practice in the midst of school reform mandates; Teachers Resisting Unhealthy Children’s Entertainment, which helps parents deal with the impact of media and commercial culture on their children, and Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood, which works to end the commercial exploitation of children.

For more information, visit Dr. Levin’s website http://dianeelevin.com/ and Huffington Post blog http://www.huffingtonpost.com/diane-levin/

Selected Publications

  • Beyond Remote-Controlled Childhood: Teaching Young Children in the Media Age”, National Association for the Education of Young Children [Book].
  • Diane E. Levin. “Beyond Remote-Controlled Childhood: Teaching Young Children in the Media Age”, ational Assoc. for the Education of Young Children.
  • “Beyond Remote Control Teaching and Learning: The Special Challenges of Helping Children Construct Knowledge Today”, May/June 2011. Exchange Magazine.
  • Common Core Standards: One Size Doesn’t Fit All”, (N. Carlsson-Paige, Co-Author). Boston Sunday Globe Op Ed. April 18, 2010.
  • “Danger, Danger Everywhere: Growing Up in a Culture of Fear”, March/April 2010. Exchange Magazine-in Beginnings Section on “Safety and Risk.”.
  • Good Guidance: Dealing with Today’s Sexualized Childhood”, Teaching Young Children (NAEYC). October 2009.
  • Beatrice S. Fennimore & A. Lin Goodwin (Eds.). 2011. [With J. Van Hoorn]. “In Harms Way. Or Are They? War, Social Justice, and Young Children in the United States”, Promoting Social Justice for Children: Facing Critical Challenges to Early Learning and Development.
  • Out of Sight, Out of Mind. Or Is It? The Impact of the War in Iraq on Children in the United States”, Childhood Education: August 2009. Int’l. Theme Issue on Impact of War, Terrorism, and Disaster on Children’s Wellbeing and Development. (With Judy Van Hoorn).
  • “Remote Control Childhood: Combating the Hazards of Media Culture in School”, New Horizons in Education, Journal of the Hong Kong Teachers’ Association. Special Issue on Media Literacy, Guofang Wan, Guest Editor. Vol. 58, No. 3, December 2010.
  • “The Impact of Violence and Disaster on Children and How to Help Them Heal and Thrive Afterwards”, In Rebuilding Sustainable Communities for Children and Their Families After Disasters: A Global Survey, Adenrele Awotona (Ed.). Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2010.
  • Daniel J. Christie (Ed.). Wiley/Blackwells. 2011 [with J. Van Hoorn]. “War: U.S. Children and Parental Deployment”, In The Encyclopedia of Peace Psychology.

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