Diane Levin
Professor of Early Childhood Education


  • Child development
  • Media
  • Safety and violence
  • School reform
  • Sex education and sexuality

Diane E. Levin is professor of early childhood education at Wheelock College, where she has taught early childhood professionals for more than 30 years. She is an internationally recognized expert on how various forces in society – such as media, violence and war, poverty, commercialization, sexualization, and diverse educational practices, including current academic pushdowns – affect young children’s development. She also makes recommendations on what parents, teachers and society can do to make things better. She has written nine books, including “Beyond Remote-Controlled Childhood”; “So Sexy So Soon”; “From Conflict to Peace Building”; and “The War Play Dilemma.” Levin has won many awards for her advocacy on behalf of children and is a founder of two activist organizations – Defending the Early Years, whose principal goal is to mobilize the early childhood community to speak out with well-reasoned arguments against inappropriate standards, assessments, and classroom practices; and Teachers Resisting Unhealthy Entertainment, whose primary goal is to help parents and teachers promote appropriate media and play for young children.