Kit Hughes

Assistant Professor

About

  • Role:

    Faculty
  • Position:

    • Assistant Professor
  • Concentration:

    • Film and Television History, Industrial, Institutional and Useful Media, Cultural Studies, Preservation and Archives Studies, Digital Humanities
  • Department:

    • Communication Studies
  • Education:

    • Ph.D. University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • Curriculum Vitae:

Biography

Kit Hughes is Assistant Professor of Media and Visual Culture. She specializes in nontheatrical film, useful and orphan media, and histories of technology. Her manuscript project, Television at Work, explores how American business developed workplace television as a medium of industrial efficiency, ideological orientation, and corporate expansion. Her research on sponsored film, workplace media, early video formats, and digital humanities methods has appeared in a range of journals and edited collections, including Film History, Media, Culture & Society, Television & New Media, The Arclight Guidebook, Media Industries Journal, and Film Criticism. Her article in American Archivist on cultural studies approaches to appraisal won the 2014 Ernst Posner Award for most outstanding article published by the journal that year.

Hughes has contributed to several media history digital humanities projects, including Project Arclight (projectarclight.org), Media History Digital Library (mediahistoryproject.org), and Lantern (lantern.mediahist.org), the last of which was recognized with the 2014 Society for Cinema and Media Studies Anne Friedberg Innovative Scholarship Award.

Prior to joining CSU, she taught at Miami University, worked as an archivist at the Wisconsin Center for Film and Theater Research, and volunteered as an AmeriCorps VISTA in Baltimore, Maryland.

Publications

Selected Publications

  1. Kit Hughes, “Disposable: Useful Cinema on Early Television” Critical Studies in Television. 12, no. 2. 102-120.

 

  1. Kit Hughes, “Record/Film/Book/Interactive TV: EVR as Threshold Format.” Television and New Media. 17, no. 1. 44-61. Special Section: Sociotechnical Perspectives.

 

  1. Kit Hughes, “Field Sketches with Arclight: Mapping the Industrial Film Sector” in Arclight Guidebook to Media History and the Digital Humanities. Eds. Eric Hoyt and Charles Acland. Sussex: REFRAME Books.

 

  1. Kit Hughes, Eric Hoyt, Derek Long, Kevin Ponto, and Tony Tran, “Hacking Radio History’s Data: Station Call Signs, Digitized Magazines, and Scaled Entity Search.” Media Industries Journal. 2, no. 2. http://www.mediaindustriesjournal.org/index.php/mij/article/view/128/182

 

  1. Kit Hughes, “‘For Pete’s sake, I’m not trying to entertain these people’: Film and Franchising at International Harvester.” Film History 27, no. 3. 41-72.

 

  1. Kit Hughes, “‘Work/place’ Media: Locating Laboring Audiences.” Media, Culture and Society. 36, no. 5 (July): 644-660.

 

  1. Kit Hughes, “Appraisal as Cartography: Cultural Studies in the Archive.” American Archivist. 77, no. 1 (Spring-Summer): 270-296.
  • Winner of Fellows’ Ernst Posner Award for most outstanding essay to appear in American Archivist in 2014.

 

  1. Kit Hughes, “Ailing Screens, Viral Video: Technological Ghosts in Kyoshi Kurosawa’s Pulse.Film Criticism. (36.2: Winter): 22-42.

Courses

  • Theories and Methods of Archival Research (SPCM 792C)

  • Media and Meaningful War (SPCM 497 Capstone)

  • Evaluating Contemporary Film (SPCM 350)

  • Useful Media (SPCM 792C)

  • Evaluating Contemporary Television (SPCM 341)