Tyler Bickford

  • Associate Professor

Tyler Bickford is associate professor of children’s literature and childhood studies in the Department of English at the University of Pittsburgh. Trained as an ethnomusicologist, Tyler's research focuses on children’s media, especially popular music and digital technology, using ethnographic and cultural studies methods. He is the author of Tween Pop: Children’s Music and Public Culture (Duke University Press, 2020), about the explosion of popular music for children in the 2000s, and Schooling New Media: Music, Language, and Technology in Children’s Culture (Oxford University Press, 2017), about children's uses of MP3 players and the relationships between digital media consumption, children's expressive practices, and literacy education. Tyler advises graduate students working in media studies, popular culture, children’s literature, and childhood studies, and students using ethnographic methods in their research. He primarily teaches undergraduate courses in the Children’s Literature Program.