AnneMarie McClain

Communication Science

Teaching Assistant


6166 Vilas Hall

AnneMarie McClain

Expertise and Activities

My name is AnneMarie McClain, and I am a doctoral student in the Communication Science area under the mentorship of Professor Marie-Louise Mares. My research interests center around the effects of media on children and their families, with a particular focus on understanding how media – and interactions around media – can be designed to better promote positive outcomes for children and families, especially children and families of color and those from lower-income backgrounds. My background is in childhood education and early child development. I’m a former elementary school teacher who has taught in Brooklyn, New York and rural Costa Rica and who has developed curricula for preschool and elementary school children in the United States, Costa Rica, and Kenya. I’ve also worked with hundreds of children and families and their schools as a researcher and liaison for various projects in child development labs at Tufts University and Harvard University.


  • Ed.M. Human Development and Psychology, Harvard Graduate School of Education, 2014
  • M.S. Childhood Education, Hunter College of the City University of New York, 2011
  • B.A. Anthropology, Williams College, 2009


  • Honorable Mention, Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship, 2019
  • Advanced Opportunity Fellowship, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2017
  • Leadership in Education Award, Harvard Graduate School of Education, 2013
  • Sue Lehmann Excellence in Teaching Award Nominee, Teach For America, 2011
  • James B. Orton Award in Anthropology, Williams College, 2009
  • Class of 1960 Scholar, Williams College, 2009


  • Introduction to Interpersonal Communication, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2018-2019, 2019-2020
  • Informal Learning for Children, Harvard Graduate School of Education, 2016-2017
  • Social & Emotional Learning Through Kindness in the Classroom, University of Colorado-Boulder, 2014-2015