Rebekah Willett

Position title: Professor & Director of the iSchool PhD Program


Phone: (608) 263-2910

4253 Helen C. White Hall
600 N Park St, Madison, WI 53706

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PhD in Education, Institute of Education, University of London, Culture Communication and Societies Group, 2002
Master of Arts in Primary Education, Institute of Education, University of London, 1996

Research Interests:

Research fields – Childhood studies, Media and Cultural Studies, Education, Girlhood Studies

Methods and methodologies – discourse analysis, ethnography, qualitative methods

Theories – sociocultural theories, domestication theory, boundary theory, feminist post-structuralism

Areas of interest – Children’s media cultures, new literacies, digital cultures, play, public library makerspaces

Classes taught:

LIS 301 Information Literacy in Online Spaces
LIS 603 Research & Evaluation Methods for Information Professionals
LIS 629 Multicultural Literature
LIS 631 Young Adult Literature
LIS 639 Pedagogical Theory and Practice for Information Professionals

Recent Publications

Kociubuk J, Mueller A, Wardrip P, Willett R (2023) “Our mission doesn’t stop just because we don’t have a building”: librarians’ and museum educators’ discursive construction of their service role during the pandemic. Library Quarterly. 93, 2: 222-240.

Kociubuk J and Willett R (2023) “Youth service librarians…are not just providers of books”: caregivers’ perceptions of the value of public library services during the COVID-19 pandemic. Library and Information Science Research. 45, 3.

Kim A, Jeong H, Willett R, Lim J, Yoon M and Kim G (2022) Pandemic Screen Time: An Analysis of Parenting Practices Connected with Children’s Use of Media in South Korea and the United States during the COVID-19 Pandemic. The Journal of Education. 42, 3: 81-96.

Willett, R (2021) “In our family, we don’t watch those things”: Parents’ discursive constructions of decision-making connected with family media practices. Journal of Family Studies. 29, 1: 327-342.

Willett R and Wheeler N (2021) Maintaining family stability in the age of digital technologies: an analysis of d/Discourse informing domestic screen media practices in three U.S. families. Children & Society.