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Allison Butler

is a Senior Lecturer, Director of Undergraduate Advising, and the Director of the Media Literacy Certificate Program in the Department of Communication at the University of Massachusetts Amherst where she teaches courses on critical media literacy and representations of education in the media. She was the 2020-2021 recipient of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences Outstanding Teacher Award. Butler co-directs the grassroots organization, Mass Media Literacy, where she develops and runs teacher trainings for the inclusion of critical media literacy in K-12 schools. She serves as the Vice President on the Board of the Media Freedom Foundation. She holds an MA and a PhD from New York University. She is the author of numerous articles and books on media literacy, including Educating Media Literacy: The need for Teacher Education in Critical Media Literacy (Brill, 2020) and Key Scholarship in Media Literacy: David Buckingham (Brill, 2021). She is a co-author of multiple practical resources for media literacy education, including the open-source text Critical Media Literacy and Civic Learning: Interactive Explorations for Students and Teachers (2021, EdTechBooks); the only text on critical media literacy for young readers, The Media and Me: A guide to Critical Media Literacy for Young People (Seven Stories Press); and the self-directed learning course Critical Media Literacy (Oak Meadow). Butler has been interviewed and appeared in several independent media outlets, include Project Censored Radio, NPR’s Peace Talks Radio and The Point.