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Colorado State University
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Television History, Film History, Workplace Media, Archives, 20th c. American Capitalism and Work, History of Technology
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About Me

Kit Hughes is Assistant Professor of Media and Visual Culture in the Department of Communication Studies at Colorado State University. She specializes in institutional television, nontheatrical film, useful and orphan media, and histories of technology. Her book 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 HistoryMedia, Culture & SocietyTelevision & New MediaThe Arclight GuidebookMedia 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 and worked as an archivist at the Wisconsin Center for Film and Theater Research.

Recent Publications

“Disposable: Useful Cinema on Early Television” Critical Studies in Television. 12, no. 2 (2017): 102-120.

“Record/Film/Book/Interactive TV: EVR as Threshold Format.” Television and New Media. 17, no. 1 (2016): 44-61.

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 (2015).

“‘For Pete’s sake, I’m not trying to entertain these people’: Film and Franchising at International Harvester.” Film History 27, no. 3 (2015): 41-72.

Media Coverage
Country Focus
United States
Expertise by Geography
United States
Expertise by Chronology
20th century
Expertise by Topic
Capitalism, Economic History, Labor, Libraries & Archives, Technology