Kit Hughes

Contact Information


Office: A 239, Behavioral Sciences Building

Role: Faculty

Position: Assistant Professor

Area of Study: Media and Visual Culture

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


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 (, Media History Digital Library (, and Lantern (, 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.


Ph.D. University of Wisconsin, Madison


"Disposable: Useful cinema on early television." Critical Studies in Television 12, no. 2 (2017): 102-120. Link to abstract:
2016. Kit Hughes, “Record/Film/Book/Interactive TV: EVR as Threshold Format.” Television and
New Media. 17, no. 1. 44-61. Special Section: Sociotechnical Perspectives.

Curriculum Vitae

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SPCM 354 – History and Appreciation of Film

SPCM 341 – Evaluating Contemporary Television