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The Childhood, Law & Policy Network (CLPN)

Dr Debbie Olson


Associate professor of English, Missouri Valley College, United States



Debbie Olson's research interests include images of African & African American children in film and television, childhood studies, race and cultural studies, African film, and New Hollywood Cinema. She is the author of Black Children in Hollywood Cinema: Cast in Shadow (Palgrave 2017). She has written numerous articles, and is the editor of various collections that examine the complexities of images of children in visual media.



Black children in Hollywood Cinema (2017)

The Child in World Cinema (2018)

Children and Childhood in the Works of Stephen King (2020)

Screening Children in Post-apocalypse Film and Television (2024)


Images of children in visual media, concept of Innocence, visual depictions of race
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