Northwestern University PhD program in Media, Technology, and Society

The Center on Media and Human Development (CMHD) at Northwestern University, directed by Dr. Ellen Wartella and Dr. Alexis Lauricella, is recruiting new Ph.D. students to join the Media, Technology, and Society (MTS) doctoral program. The MTS doctoral program is an innovative, interdisciplinary, and flexible curriculum focusing on the dynamic media and technology environment and its impact. The Ph.D. program encourages students to pursue their passion by designing individualized programs of study that incorporate relevant classes from across Northwestern University.

Dr. Wartella and the team at CMHD conduct a range of experimental, qualitative, and survey research investigating how parents, adolescents, and children use and learn from media as well as the health effects associated with media use. We are particularly interested in how media like television programs, apps, and games can be used to promote healthy development. Examples of research includes experiments on preschool-aged children’s learning from touchscreen devices, content analyses of advertisements and TV programs, and qualitative research on parents’, children’s, and adolescents’ use of media at home and in school. Ideal candidates will possess excellent writing and analytic skills, and have strong interest in understanding the role of media in human development. Interested applicants can learn more by visiting the lab website ( or by contacting Dr. Wartella ( and Dr. Lauricella (

CMHD is housed in the Communication Studies Department at Northwestern University, which offers rigorous, interdisciplinary coursework in communication theories and research methods. The Graduate School at Northwestern offers excellent funding to support students and their research projects throughout their graduate studies.

Applications are due December 1st and should be made through the Communication Studies Department at Northwestern. More information about admissions can be found here.