Michele Hilmes

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  • Professor
  • Media and Cultural Studies
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  • Away on sabbatical 2013-14
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The great thing about being a media scholar is that you can entertain yourself with your research interests. I'm a big fan of complex dramatic serials like Downton Abbey, Breaking Bad, Borgen, and Mad Men, and without podcasts of radio shows like This American Life, Radiolab, On the Media, NPR's news programs, and the BBC's excellent In Our Time, life would be dull indeed.
And as this list suggests, programs like these circulate globally, attracting audiences from around the world. The relationship of radio and television with national identity and global co-production has interested me for many years. Most recently, a Fulbright Research Fellowship at the University of Nottingham in 2013-14 allowed me to study contemporary trans-Atlantic television co-production, building on my 2011 book Network Nations: A Transnational History of British and American Broadcasting (Routledge 2011).
Radio and what I call "soundwork" -- long-form features, documentary, and drama -- is another area of interest. We're now in a new golden age of radio, inspired by the advent of digital media, circulating radio around the globe. Co-editor Jason Loviglio and I conspired on Radio's New Wave: Global Sound in the Digital Era (Routledge 2013). It has a collection of wonderful essays by new and established scholars, exploring radio's past, present, and digitally-enabled future.
I also recently completed a revision of my textbook, Only Connect: A Cultural History of Broadcasting in the United States (Cengage 2013), expanded and updated for this fourth edition.

Courses that I teach regularly include CA450, Cultural History of US Broadcasting; CA608, Radio and the Art of Sound; and seminars on Transnational Television, Media and the Public Sphere, and Media History and Historiography.
Here is my "official" bio, for those who might need it:
Michele Hilmes is Professor of Media and Cultural Studies in the Department of Communication Arts at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her work focuses on media history and historiography, particularly in the areas of transnational media and sound studies. She is the author or editor of several books in this field, including Radio Voices: American Broadcasting 1922-1952 (1997), Network Nations: A Transnational History of British and American Broadcasting (2011), Only Connect: A Cultural History of Broadcasting in the United States (4th edition, 2013), and Radio’s New Wave: Global Sound in the Digital Era, co-edited with Jason Loviglio (2013). She is a 2013-14 Fulbright Research Scholar at the University of Nottingham, England.

Education

  • B.A. Comparative Literature (with honors), Indiana University - Bloomington, 1975
  • M.A. Department of Cinema Studies, New York University, 1981
  • Ph.D. Department of Cinema Studies, New York University, 1986

Honors/Awards

  • Fulbright Research Fellowship, University of Nottingham , Fulbright Comission , 2013
  • Faculty Fellowship , Institute for Research in the Humanities, UW-Madison , 2010
  • Visiting International Fellow , University of Central England (Birmingham, UK) , 2009
  • Honorary Associate, Center for Media History , Macquarie University (Sydney, Austrailia) , 2009
  • Grant-in-Aid , Rockefeller Archive Center , 2009
  • Helm Fellowship , Lilly Library, Indiana University-Bloomington , 2010

Books

  • 2013. Radio's New Wave: Global Sound in the Digital Era. New York: Routledge .
  • 2013. Only Connect: A Cultural History of Broadcasting in the United States -- 4th edition. Wadsworth Press .
  • 2011. Network Nations: A Transnational History of British and American Broadcasting. Routledge .
  • 2007. NBC: America's Network. University of California Press .
  • 1997. Radio Voices: American Broadcasting 1922 to 1952. University of Minnesota Press .
  • 2003. The Television History Book. British Film Institute .
  • 2001. Radio Reader: Essays on the Cultural History of American Radio. Routledge .
  • 1990. Hollywood and Broadcasting: From Radio to Cable. University of Illinois Press .
  • 2002. Connections: A Broadcast History Reader. Wadsworth .

Articles

  • 2010. "The 'North Atlantic Triangle': Britain, the US, and Canada in 1950s Television." Media History , 16:1 .
  • 2008. "Whose Text Is It Anyway? Creativity, Authorship, and the Transnational in Television." Critical Studies in Television 3:2 .
  • 2007. "Front Line Family: Women's Culture Comes to the BBC." Media, Culture and Society , 29:1 .
  • 2005. "British Quality, American Chaos: Historical Dualisms and What They Leave Out." The Radio Journal , The Radio Journal, Vol. 1 #1 .
  • 2005. "The Bad Object: Television in the American Academy." Cinema Journal , 45:1 (Fall) .

Chapters

  • 2013. "Never Ending Story: Authorship, Seriality, and the Radio Writers Guild." Companion to Media Authorship , Jonathan Gray and Derek Johnson Wiley Blackwell .
  • 2012. "'The New Vehicle of Nationalism': Radio Goes To War." Oxford Handbook of Propaganda Studies , Russ Castronovo and Jonathan Auerbach Oxford University Press .
  • 2012. "The Whole World's Unlikely Heroine: Ugly Betty as Transnational Phenomenon." Reading Ugly Betty: TV's Betty Goes Global , Janet McCabe and Kim Akass London: I.B. Taurus .
  • 2012. "Sound Representation: Nation, Translation, Memory." Media, Sound and Culture in Latin American and the Caribbean , Alejandra Bronfman and Andrew Grant Wood University of Pittsburgh Press .
  • 2010. "Cinema and the Age of Television, 1945-1975." Blackwell's History of American Film , Cynthia A. Lucia et al Blackwell .
  • 2008. "Nailing Mercury: The Problem of Media Industry Historiography." Media Industries: History, Theory, and Method , Alisa Perren and Jennifer Holt Blackwell , 21-33 .
  • 2008. "Digital Television: High Definitions." Digital Culture: Understanding New Media , Glen Creeber Open University Press .
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Lectures/Keynotes

  • 2013. "Keynote: “Sound on Screens: The Digital Soundwork Industry and the Archive as Network,” Digital Archives, Audiovisual Media, and Culture Memory conference," University of Copenhagen , Copenhagen, Denmark , November 14, 2013 .
  • 2013. "Keynote: “Spaces of Transnational Co-Production: The Imagined Space of Masterpiece Theatre,” Spaces of Television conference," University of Reading , Reading, UK , September 20, 2013 .
  • 2009. "Invited Participant: Globalisation, Empire and Culture," University of Galway/Andrew W. Mellon foundation , Galway, Ireland .
  • 2008. "Television Without Borders: Transfers, Translations, and Transnational Exchange," University of Reading , Reading, UK .
  • 2006. "Keynote: Nationality and Television: The Anglo-American Connection and its Global Consequences," Society for Cinema and Media Studies , Vancouver, CA .

Courses

  • CA 450 - History of Broadcasting
  • CA 613 - Radio and the Art of Sound
  • CA 950 - Transnational Media Histories: Beyond "Americanization"
  • CA 950 - Media, Nation, and Public
  • CA 951 - Media History and Historiography: Sound Histories
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