Kim A. Brillante Knight, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Critical Media Studies
School of Arts, Technology, and Emerging Communication
University of Texas at Dallas
kknight08 at gmail dot com
- 1 Academic Employment
- 2 Education
- 3 Fellowships and Awards
- 4 Publications, Installations, and Design
- 5 Selected Talks and Presentations
- 6 Selected Teaching Experience
- 7 Selected Leadership and Academic Service
- 8 Professional Organizations
- 9 Languages and Computing Platforms
- 10 References
Associate Dean of Graduate Studies, School of Arts, Technology, and Emerging Communication, The University of Texas at Dallas, 2017 – Present.
Area Head, Critical Media Studies, School of Arts, Technology, and Emerging Communication, The University of Texas at Dallas, 2017 – Present.
Associate Professor of Critical Media Studies (formerly EMAC), The University of Texas at Dallas, 2016 – Present.
Assistant Professor of Emerging Media and Communication (EMAC), The University of Texas at Dallas, 2010 – 2016.
Teaching Associate, Project Coordinator, and Research Assistant, University of California, Santa Barbara, 2004 – 2010.
Teaching Assistant and TA Coordinator, California State University, Northridge, 2002 – 2004.
Doctorate of Philosophy. English Literature. University of California, Santa Barbara. Fall 2011.
Dissertation: Media Epidemics: Viral Structures in Literature and New Media. Co-chairs Alan Liu and Rita Raley, Bishnupriya Ghosh, Wolf Kittler.
Examination fields: Theory of Literature and Technology; General Theory; Twentieth-century Anglophone Literature
Master of Arts with Distinction. English Literature. California State University, Northridge. Spring 2004.
Bachelor of Arts. English Literature. California State University, Northridge. Spring 2001.
Fellowships and Awards
Nominee, UT Dallas President’s Graduate Mentoring Award. 2017-2018.
Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award. University of Texas System. 2016.
School of Arts, Technology, and Emerging Communication Faculty Fellowship. UT Dallas. 2015 – 2016.
UT Dallas Intercultural Excellence and Inclusive Teaching Award. UT Dallas. May 2013.
Graduate Opportunity Fellowship. UCSB. Fall 2009–Spring 2010.
Interdisciplinary Humanities Center Pre-Doctoral Fellowship. UCSB. Winter 2009.
Brython Davis Endowment Graduate Fellowship. UCSB. Fall 2007, Fall 2008.
Digital Humanities Summer Institute Tuition Scholarship. 2007.
University of California, Santa Barbara Department of English Fellow. Fall 2004–Spring 2005.
Mitchell Marcus Prize for Outstanding Graduate Student in English. CSUN. June 2004.
Publications, Installations, and Design
Publications in Process
Viral Structures in Literature and Digital Media: Networked Counterpublics and Participatory Capitalism. Routledge Research in Digital Humanities series. New York: Routledge, forthcoming.
Fashioning Makers and Counterpublics: Critical Making and Public Humanities. Under contract with the Humanities and Public Life book series at the University of Iowa Press, forthcoming.
Editor. “Buzzademia” Special issue of Hyperrhiz: New Media Cultures. (with Anne Cong-huyen and Mark Marino). Forthcoming.
Research Papers, Curation, and Encyclopedia Entries
“Danger, Jane Roe! Wearable Data Visualization as Feminist Praxis.” Feminist Debates in Digital Humanities, edited by Elizabeth Losh and Jacqueline Wernimont. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, Forthcoming.
“Weaving Critical Theory, Fashion, Electronics, and Makerspaces in Learning: Fashioning Circuits – A Case Study.” (with Laura Pasquini and Jessica Knott). Interactive Learning Environments. 15 Nov. 2018.
“Wearable Interfaces, Networked Bodies, and Feminist Sleeper Agents.” Invited and peer reviewed contribution to The Routledge Companion to Media Studies and Digital Humanities. New York: Routledge, 2018.
“Sublime Latency and Viral Premediation.” Invited and peer reviewed contribution to a Special Cluster on Digital and Ecological Poetics. electronic book review. 05 July 2015.
“The Work of iamamiwhoami in the Age of Networked Transmission.” Peer reviewed article in The Projector: A Journal on Film, Media, and Culture 15.1 (Winter 2015): 8-46.
“Gender Representation.” Invited and peer reviewed contribution to The Johns Hopkins Guide to Digital Media. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins UP, 2014.
“Race and Ethnicity.” Invited and peer reviewed contribution to The Johns Hopkins Guide to Digital Media. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins UP, 2014.
“What do They Really Think? Students’ Perceptions on Using Facebook and Twitter in Formal Higher Education Learning.” (with Jenny Wakefield, Scott J. Warren, Metta Alsobrook). Peer reviewed article in The International Journal of Social Media and Interactive Learning Environments. 1.4 (2013): 330 – 54.
“Learning and Teaching as Communicative Actions: A Case of Twitter as Educational Tool.” (with Jenny Wakefield, Scott J. Warren, Metta Alsobrook). Peer reviewed chapter in Cases on Educational Technology Implementation for Facilitating Learning. March 2013.
“In Media Res in the Crowdsourced Classroom.” Invited contribution to In Media Res. March 17, 2013.
“Get in My Vagina! Language and Power in Online Comedy Videos.” In Media Res. January 16, 2013.
“The Multiply Mediated Voice of the America’s Next Top Model All-Star.” (with graduate students Brianni Nelson, Amy Pickup, Tameka Reeves, Mattie Tanner). In Media Res. January 9, 2012.
“Social Book Cataloging: Humanizing Databases.” With Renee Hudson. The Transliteracies Project. August 2009.
Additional Online Writing
The Spiral Dance. Editor and contributor. The blog examines gender in our contemporary media landscape, including social media, emerging platforms and devices, and representations of gender in popular culture. Spring 2011 – present.
Fashioning Circuits. Project leader, editor, and contributor. A research and public Humanities project blog that explores intersections between fashion and digital media. Fall 2011 – present.
Installations and Design
“Stitch n’ Glitch.” In collaboration with SP&CE Media, Feminist MakerSpace, and Studio for Mediating Play. Project Designer and Coordinator. Exhibited at ATEC Celebration. October 2018.
“Black Ribbon for Mourning.” With Dale MacDonald and Jessica C. Murphy. A wearable, arduino-based data visualization project. Exhibited at HASTAC 2017. Orlando, FL. November 2017.
“Danger, Jane Roe!” A wearable, arduino-based, data visualization project. Exhibited at Digital Frontiers 2015. Dallas, TX. September 2015.
“In the Beginning was the Word: A Visualization of the Page as Interface.” With Bill Warner. An animation that traces the historical page as interface. The Transliteracies Project. March 2008.
“Agrippa: Simulation of Dennis Ashbaugh’s Fading Ink Concept.” Simulation of an unrealized concept from Agrippa: A Book of the Dead by William Gibson and Dennis Ashbaugh. The Agrippa Files. October 2005.
“Pages from Agrippa.” Animated interface to online photos of Agrippa: A Book of the Dead. The Agrippa Files. August 2005.
The Agrippa Files Logo. Website logo for The Agrippa Files. August 2005.
One of the fundamental strategies of my research methodology is to bring together the vectors of theory and practice. As such, I have developed a robust set of technical skills to inform and complement my research. For links to the projects below, please visit http://kimknight.com/research-highlights.
Danger, Jane Roe! Designer. Spring 2015 – present
A wearable data visualization project on the topic of reproductive health.
Fashioning Circuits. Project leader, site designer, community liaison. Fall 2011 – present.
A public humanities project (conducted with students) that investigates the intersection between fashion and digital media. Activities include a blog, university coursework, “maker” workshops on campus and in the community that introduce underserved populations to coding in a Humanities context.
Social Practice and Community Engagement (SP&CE) Media Lab. Fall 2016 – present.
Fosters knowledge exchange among diverse communities, creates visibility for existing projects that focus on social awareness and community engagement, and facilitates the development of new community-focused projects and collaborations within the School of Arts, Technology, and Emerging Communication and with other disciplines at UT Dallas.
WomenLikeYouAnd.me. Project leader, site designer. Summer 2013 – present.
A non-funded public humanities project to allow users to rate and discuss representations of women in media.
Digital Textuality Tools Repository. Project leader, site designer, editor. Spring 2011 – present.
An ongoing, publicly available student-produced repository of reviews of tools for producing digital text, image, sound, animation, video, and data visualization.
The Transliteracies Project. Project coordinator, media designer, lead research assistant. Fall 2005 – Spring 2008.
A University of California Multi-campus Research Group to study the technological, social, and cultural practices of online reading. I worked as Coordinator for the entire project as well as Lead RA with the New Reading Interfaces Group and Project Planner and Designer with the History of Reading Group.
Transcriptions Studio. Research assistant, project leader. Fall 2005 – Spring 2008.
A University of California, Santa Barbara Department of English research center focused on Literature and the Culture of Information. I worked as a Research Assistant managing the lab, which included planning and publicity for training and lectures. In addition, I founded the annual Transcriptions Multimedia Research Slam event.
The Agrippa Files: An Online Archive of the book of the dead. General editor, media designer, image editor. Summer – Fall 2005.
A non-funded research project to compile resources related to the scarcely-available multimedia artwork, Agrippa (a book of the dead) by William Gibson and Dennis Ashbaugh.
Selected Talks and Presentations
Invited Talks and Workshops
“Wearable Interfaces and Feminist Sleeper Agents.” Invited Keynote Address. CUNY Digital Initiatives Digital Shorts. The Graduate Center. November 2018.
“Wearable Digital Poetics.” Invited Workshop. CUNY Digital Initiatives. The Graduate Center. November 2018.
“Fashioning Circuits.” Invited talk for Mellon Diversity Conference, “Understanding Diverse and Inclusive Communities.” Queen’s College. November 2018.
“Fashioning Humanist Inquiry.” Invited workshop for Digital Bridges for Humanistic Inquiry. The University of Iowa. April 2016.
“Viral Anxieties in Arts and Antiviral Technology.” Center for Values in Medicine, Science, and Technology Distinguished Faculty Lecture. The University of Texas at Dallas. October 2015.
“Wearable Media and the Threads of Digital Literacy.” Invited talk at Richland College. Digital Media Speaker Series. April 2014.
“Juridic Power, Discursive Erasure, and Viral Videos about Vaginas.” Invited talk at Values in the Science and Practice of Medicine. Center for Values in Science, Medicine, and Technology. May 2013.
“Moving the Field Forward: Privileged Places and Inclusive Spaces.” Invited talk at Media Places 2012. The Peter Wallenberg Foundation and the Universities of Umeå, Lund, and Stanford. December 2012.
“Digital Humanities Strategies in the Classroom: Crowdsourcing and Collaboration.” Invited talk at DFW Area Digital Humanities Colloquium. February 2013.
“A Media Ecological Approach to the Digital Humanities.” Invited talk in Distinguished Visiting Speakers Series. California State University, Northridge. November 2011.
“The Wearable and Tangible Worlds of DH Workshop.” Workshop organizer and co-leader. HASTAC 2017. Humanities, Arts, Sciences, and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory. November 2017.
“Making Space: Feminist DH and a Room of One’s Own.” MLA 2017. Modern Language Association. January 2017.
“Infection Blocked! Deterritorializing the Viral.” MLA 2017. Modern Language Association. January 2017.
“Radicalizing Curriculum and Decolonizing the Canon.” Roundtable participant. NWSA16. National Women’s Studies Association. November 2016.
“Liberating the Cervix: The Biopolitics of DIY Gynecology.” Panel co-organizer and presenter. NWSA16. National Women’s Studies Association. November 2016.
“Creating Disciplines, Disciplining Creativity.” Panel co-organizer and roundtable participant. SLSA 16. Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts. November 2016.
“Critical Design, Deviant Critique.” Roundtable with Jentery Sayers, Jacqueline Wernimont, and Padmini Ray Murray. HASTAC 2016. Humanities, Arts, Sciences, and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory. May 2016.
“Epidemiological Maps as Narrating Contagion and Premediating Risk.” Panel co-organizer and presenter. MLA 2016. Modern Language Association. January 2016.
“Danger, Jane Roe! Embodied Data Visualization as Feminist Critique.” MLA 2016. Modern Language Association. January 2016.
“Response to ‘Affective Industries: Managing Security, Play, and Healing’.” Invited Respondent. NWSA15. National Women’s Studies Association. November 2015.
“’Get in My Vagina!’ Reproductive Legislation and Speculative Disruption.” NWSA14. National Women’s Studies Association. November 2014.
“The Anxiety of Amateurism and the Pleasures of Discovery in Fashioning Circuits.” Panel co-organizer and presenter. ASA14. American Studies Association. November 2014.
“Fashioning Alternative Publics: Student Maker Spaces.” Panel co-organizer and presenter. MLA 2014. Modern Language Association. January 2014.
“Fashioning Makers with Archives and Arduinos in the Classroom.” Panel organizer and presenter, with graduate and undergraduate students. Digital Frontiers 2013. University of North Texas. September 2013.
“Is Essentialism Mobile? Gender Binaries in the App Store.” Girls and Digital Culture. King’s College London. September 2012.
“The Work of the Viral Structure in the Age of Networked Transmission.” MLA 2012. Modern Language Association. January 2012.
“A Media Ecological Approach to the Digital Humanities.” MLA 2011. Modern Language Association. January 2011.
“Social Book Catalogs and Reading: Shifting Paradigms, Humanizing Databases.” (with Renee Hudson) MLA 2011. Modern Language Association. January 2011.
“Decoding the Viral: A Matrix for Evaluating Viral Video.” SLSA ’09: Decodings. Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts. November 2009.
“Outlaw Code: The Viral in Koji Suzuki’s Ring Trilogy.” SLSA ’07:Code. Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts. November 2007.
“Cognition and the Eclecticism of Interfaces.” Transliteracies New Reading Interface Symposium. The Transliteracies Project. May 2007.
“Looking Over One’s Shoulder: Nineteenth-Century Specters in Twentieth Century Contexts.” Up-to-Date with a Vengeance: Nineteenth-Century Science, Technology and Media. Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies. April 2007.
“Technological Determinism and Textual Ecologies: The Graphic Novel in the LCI Classroom.” Comic Arts Conference. Comic-con International. July 2006.
“Mapping Ideology: The Country and the City in Garth Nix’ Old Kingdom Trilogy.” MLA 2005. Modern Language Association. December 2005.Honors
Selected Teaching Experience
Topics in EMAC: Viral Media. Fall 2011, Fall 2014.
Fashioning Circuits. Fall 2013, Fall 2014.
Digital Writing. Spring 2011, Spring 2012, Spring 2013, Fall 2013.
The Digital Society: Embodied Identity in Digital Society. Fall 2012.
Introduction to Electronic and Digital Communication. Fall 2010. Fall 2012.
Approaches to Communication. Spring 2012.
Interdisciplinary Approaches to Arts, Technology, and Emerging Communication. Fall 2017. Fall 2018
Viral Media. Spring 2012, Fall 2015.
Digital Textuality. Spring 2011, Fall 2011, Spring 2013, Spring 2014, Spring 2015.
Fashioning Circuits. Fall 2014.
Introduction to the Study of Emerging Media and Communication. Fall 2010, Spring 2014.
Special Topics in Emergent Communication: Embodied Identity. Fall 2012.
Supervision and Advising
University of Texas at Dallas. Spring 2011 – Fall 2018.
2 Dissertation chair; 2 Dissertation co-chair; 8 PhD Field exam committees; 1 PhM exam committee; 30 MA Capstones; 10 BA Honors Theses; 20 BA Capstones; 32 Independent Studies.
Selected Leadership and Academic Service
To the Profession
- Digital Humanities Quarterly. Peer Reviewer. Fall 2009 – present.
- Routledge. Peer Reviewer. 2014, 2017.
- Ada: Journal of Gender, New Media, and Technology. Peer Reviewer. Spring 2016 – present.
- Public: A Journal of Imagining America. Spring 2017.
- Conference co-chair. 2015 Digital Frontiers conference. Fall 2014 – Fall 2015.
- Leonardo. Peer Reviewer. 2013, 2015.
At University of Texas at Dallas
- Diversity Committees and Service
- Mentor, First Generation Living Learning Community. Fall 2018 – present.
- Mentor, Undergraduate Success Scholars. Fall 2017 – present.
- Member, University-wide Committee for the Support of Diversity and Equity. Fall 2013 – Spring 2017.
- Co-founder and Media Advisor, Feminist Research Collective. Spring 2013 – present.
- Founder and Director, Feminist MakerSpace. Fall 2015 – present.
- Diversity Month Lecture. Fashion and the Threads of Digital Literacy. October 2013.
- Chair, Diversity and Inclusion sub-committee of the STEAM Working Group. Fall 2012 – Spring 2013.
- Facilitator, Safe Zone Advanced Dialogue. Spring 2012, Spring 2013. Safe Zone Ally Training. Spring 2011.
- University-wide Committees and Service
- Member, Graduate Council. Fall 2017 – present.
- Mentor, UTD Center for Teaching and Learning Senior Teaching Observations. Fall 2017 – present.
- Member, University of Texas at Dallas Scholarship Committee. Fall 2017 – present.
- Advisory board member, The Exley, UTD Undergraduate Research Journal, 2014 – 2017.
- Faculty advisory board member, Center for Values in Medicine, Science, and Technology, 2013 – Present.
- Critical Media Studies (formerly Emerging Media and Communication) Program Committees
- Member, Graduate Admissions Committee. Fall 2010 – Spring 2017.
- Member, Curriculum Design and Program Development Committee. Fall 2010 – present.
- Hiring Committees
- (Chair) Associate Professor. Critical Media Studies. 2018.
- Dean, Graduate Studies, UT Dallas. 2018.
- Dean, School of Arts, Technology, and Emerging Communication. Spring 2015 – Fall 2016.
- Associate Professor. Emerging Media and Communication. 2015 – 2016. 2014 – 2015. 2013 – 2014.
- Assistant Professor. Emerging Media and Communication. 2015 – 2016. 2014 – 2015. 2013 – 2014; 2011 – 2012.
- Visiting Assistant Professor. Emerging Media and Communication Spring 2011.
- School of Arts, Technology, and Emerging Communication
- Chair, Graduate Studies Committee. Fall 2017 – present.
- Member, Administrative Committee. Fall 2017 – present.
- Member, Committee on Effective Teaching. Fall 2017 – present.
- Member, Arts and Humanities Library and Teaching Resources Committee. Fall 2013 – Spring 2015.
- Member, Arts and Humanities Undergraduate Studies Task Force. Fall 2012 – Spring 2013.
- Member, TA Pedagogy Committee, School of ATEC, 2014 – 2015.
- Member, Undergraduate Studies Task Force, School of A&H, 2012 – 2013.
- Member, Science Technology Engineering Arts and Math (STEAM) Committee, 2012 – 2013.
- Member, Committee on Connections, School of A&H, 2012 – 2013.
- Co-organizer and presenter, “Perspectives on Humanities Research” colloquia series, 2010 – 2011.
- Scholarship Committees
- Member, Arts and Technology Scholarship Committee. Spring 2011 – Fall 2014.
- Chair, DFW Interactive Marketing Association Scholarship Committee. Fall 2012 – Spring 2015; Member, Fall 2010 – Spring 2011.
- For Students
- Faculty advisor, ATEC Graduate Student Advisory Council, Fall 2017 – present.
- Faculty advisor, Intersectional Feminist Alliance, UTD Student Org, 2012 – present.
- Faculty advisor, Crochet Club, UTD Student Organization, faculty advisor, 2012 – 2014.
- Moderator, RAW Grad Conference, School of Arts & Humanities, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016.
- Judge, International Week “Passport to the World”, UTD, 2013, 2014.
- Panelist, ATEC.Connect Path to Tenure, School of Arts and Humanities, February 2013.
- Organizer and facilitator, Applying to Academic Conferences” student workshop, EMAC,2012.
- HASTAC graduate student scholar mentor, 2011 – 2012, 2013 – 2014.
- Multiple Talks and Workshops for Community Outreach
Modern Language Association
American Studies Association
National Women’s Studies Association
UTD Feminist Research Collective
Languages and Computing Platforms
French. Reading knowledge.
Drupal, WordPress, and MediaWiki. Advanced experience.
HTML, CSS, Arduino, Adobe Flash, Photoshop, QuickTime Pro, FinalCut, Adobe Premiere, iMovie. Intermediate experience.
References are available upon request.