I am an assistant professor of children’s literature and childhood studies in the English Department at the University of Pittsburgh. I am an ethnomusicologist by training. My research looks at children’s music, digital technology, and kids’ peer culture in school. My first book, Schooling New Media: Music, Language, and Technology in Children’s Culture, will be published by Oxford University Press in spring 2017. It is an ethnographic study of the media ecology of K–8 schoolchildren at a small, rural, public school in New England, focusing on digital and portable media practices.

I am currently writing a book about the tween music industry from 2001–2011, for which I was awarded an ACLS Fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies.

I am a founding member of the Pitt Faculty Organizing Committee, working towards a labor union of faculty across ranks and campuses at Pitt.

Contact me at bickford at pitt dot edu

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