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Vikki Katz (Ph.D., University of Southern California) is Assistant Professor in the Communication Department of the Rutgers University School of Communication and Information. Her research explores the communicative challenges that Latino immigrant families face as they integrate into U.S. society, with particular interest in the roles children play in these processes and how media connections influence settlement.

She has a book on children's roles as brokers of language, culture and media for their families titled, “Speaking Up: Children as the Voice of Their Immigrant Families" (forthcoming from Rutgers University Press). She is also co-author of “Understanding Ethnic Media: Producers, Consumers & Societies”(with Matthew Matsaganis and Sandra Ball-Rokeach, Sage, 2011).

Her work has also been published in “Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences, Journal of Children and Media, Journal of Communication,” and “Journal of Information Policy.”

Related Publications by Vikki S. Katz, Ph.D.

  • How Children of Immigrants Use Media to Connect their Families to the Community 
  • Katz, V.S (2011). Children Being Seen and Heard: How Youth Contribute to Their Migrant Famililes' Adaptation. Barcelona: Aresta Publications.
  • (Translated into Spanish) Migracion y familia: El papel de los Hijos y las hijas en la adaptacion de las familias inmigrantes. Barcelona: Open University Press.
  • Katz, V.S., Ang, A & Suro, R. (2012). An ecological perspective on U.S. Latinos' health communication behaviors, access and outcomes. Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences, 34, 1-20.
  •  Katz, V.S. (2010). How children use media to connect their families to the community: The case of Latinos in Los Angeles. Journal of Children and Media 4(3), 298-315.
  • Wilkin, H.A., Katz, V.S., & Ball-Rokeach, S.J. (2009). The role of family interaction in new immigrant Latinos’ civic engagement. Journal of Communication 59(2), 387-406. PDF
  • Giles, H., Katz, V.S. & Lambert, P. (2006). Language attitudes and the role of community infrastructure: A communication ecology model. Moderna Språk C(1), 38-54.

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