Profile: Amy Bach

Geraldine R. Dodge Post-Doctoral Fellow 2010-2011

Clement A. Price Institute on Ethnicity, Culture, and the Modern Experience


Dr. Amy Bach's research interests center on examining the social, political, economic, and cultural contexts of education and schooling in society, as well as the democratic and civic potentials for literacy education and media production and distribution. Specifically, her research examines the discourses surrounding literacy, both within institutions of formal education and non-traditional educational spaces outside of schools, as well as the production and distribution of knowledge and values through literate engagements with school-based texts and mainstream media texts.

As a Visiting Scholar at Temple University’s School of Communication and Theater in 2008-2009, Dr. Bach designed an integrated media arts and literacy program for an organization serving Philadelphia youth who dropped out of the public school system and who seek an alternative pathway to education. As a Co-Principal Investigator on a collaborative project funded by the Social Science Research Council, Dr. Bach also participated in the development and implementation of a citywide community needs assessment that is currently being used to build the nation’s first non-commercial youth-dedicated cable TV channel in New York City.

  • Courses Taught

    Undergraduate courses in education studies at The New School

    Graduate and undergraduate courses in education and urban studies at the University of Pennsylvania

    Undergraduate academic writing courses at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee.

  • Education

    Ed.D., Literacy Studies, Graduate School of Education, University of Pennsylvania, September, 2009

    MA, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), Teachers College, Columbia University, May, 1998

    BA with Honors, Spanish, University of Wisconsin – Madison, May, 1994


  • Publications

    Bach, A. & Kulick, R. (2010). Youth Channel All-City: Collaborative approaches to building a municipal infrastructure for media education, production, and distribution, In B. Lentz, M. Aslama, & P. M. Napoli (Eds.), Communications research in action: Scholar-activist collaborations for a democratic public sphere. New York: Fordham University Press