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Hunter Vaughan

Prof. Dr. Hunter Vaughan

Carson Fellow

Hunter Vaughan is an associate professor of English and cinema studies at Oakland University, and a 2017–18 visiting lecturer with University of Miami’s Abess Center for Ecosystem Science and Policy. He did his PhD at the University of Oxford, and is the author of Where Film Meets Philosophy (Columbia University Press 2013) and numerous articles and book chapters on ecocriticism, film theory and philosophy, and identity in screen culture. His recent scholarship focuses on the relationship between media and the environment, and his upcoming book, Hollywood's Dirtiest Secret (Columbia University Press 2018), explores the environmental impact of film culture. Combining ecological cultural ethics, production studies, natural philosophy, and ethnography, Hollywood's Dirtiest Secret offers an alternative environmental history of Hollywood—and of the social function of screen culture—from the classical era to the contemporary digital turn, looking in particular at the material consequences of how we make, watch, and dispose of movies.

RCC Research Project: Development of an International, Transdisciplinary Journal of Media + Environment

Adrian Ivakhiv, James Schwoch, Hunter Vaughan, and Janet Walker are a four-person team collaborating on the development of Media+Environment, a refereed, open-source, multidisciplinary journal of ecomedia research. The journal promotes the publication of work exploring and analyzing the myriad ways that media and environments influence, shape, and inhabit one another. The journal is committed to deepening our understanding of media’s implications in environmental resource extraction and degradation, analyzing mediated representations of environments and climates in stasis and in flux, and exploring the possibilities media hold for new ways of knowledge and sustainable alternatives. The journal promotes and helps shape a growing dialogue among the emergent global and interdisciplinary communities of researchers and acts as a catalyst for decision making and action: a bridge between theory and practice that links scholars to activists and policymakers.

Selected Publications:

  • Hollywood’s Dirtiest Secret. New York: Columbia University Press, forthcoming 2018.
  • with Meryl Shriver-Rice. Screen Life and Identity: A Guide to Film and Media Studies. San Diego, CA: Cognella Press, 2017.
  • Where Film Meets Philosophy: Godard, Resnais, and Experiments in Cinematic Thinking. New York: Columbia University Press, 2013.
  • “500,000 Kilowatts of Stardust.” In Sustainable Media, edited by Nicole Starosielski and JanetWalker, 36–61. New York: Routledge, 2016.
  • “Mutants We All: Jean-Louis Schefer and our Cinematic Civilization.” SubStance 41, no.3 (2012): 147–65.
  • “Re-mapping Cinema for the Twenty-First Century: Globalism, Borders, and Bodies in the Films of Lukas Moodysson.” Journal of European Popular Culture 1, no. 2 (2011): 109–21.