Belinha S. De Abreu, Ph.D., is an International Media Literacy Educator in the United States working both in K-12 education and at the collegiate level. She previously served as an International Expert to the Forum on Media & Information Literacy for UNESCO”s Communication & Information Section.  Her research interests include media and information literacy education, educational technology, global perspectives, critical thinking, privacy & big data, digital citizenship, and teacher training. Dr. De Abreu’s focus is on the impact of learning as a result of media and technology consumed by K–12 students; providing students with viable, real-life opportunities for engaging in various technological environments while in turn encouraging students to be creative and conscious users of technology and media. Dr. De Abreu serves as the Vice President for the National Telemedia Council (NTC). She is also a board member of the Leadership Council for the National Association for Media Literacy Education (NAMLE) and the 2019 Conference Chair. Dr. De Abreu’s work has been featured in Cable in the Classroom, Civic Media Project, and various other publications. She is the author of Teaching Media Literacy (ALA: Neal-Schumann, 2019), Mobile Learning through Digital Media Literacy (Peter Lang, 2017), and the author/co-editor of The International Handbook for Media Literacy Education (Routledge, 2017), and Global Media Literacy in a Digital Age (Peter Lang, 2016), Media Literacy Education in Action: Theoretical and Pedagogical Perspectives (Routledge, 2014), and the author of Media Literacy, Social Networking and the Web 2.0 World for the K–12 Educator (Peter Lang, 2011). She is the founder of the International Media Literacy Research Symposium (IMLRS) that has been held both in the United States and Portugal. Follow @belmedia
PhD, University of Connecticut, CT, 2008
MLS, Southern Connecticut State University, CT 1996
BA, Rhode Island College, RI, 1993
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
Media Literacy, Media Education, Information Literacy, Digital Citizenship, Digital Literacy