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Kevin Hamilton


Research Interests

Interface Aesthetics and Theory, Nuclear Weapons and Disarmament, History of Technology, History of Photography & Film, Air Force, Critical Geography, Practice-Based Research

Research Description

Working in collaborative and cross-disciplinary modes, Kevin produces artworks, archives, and scholarship on such subjects as race and space, public memory, history of technology, and state violence. Recognition for his work has included grants from the National Science Foundation and National Endowment for the Humanities, presentation at conferences across Europe and North America (ISEA/ DEAF/CAA/NCA/ACM-SIGCHI), publication in edited journals and anthologies (Routledge/CCCS/Palm Press/UCLA), and invited residencies (Banff/USC-IML/Bratislava).

As an educator, administrator, and researcher, Kevin is focused on integration of practice-based, historical and theoretical approaches to learning about technological mediation. This work has included the development of several interdisciplinary project-based courses, workshops, and initiatives for students and faculty from the sciences, arts and humanities, with emphases on prototyping, reflection, and methodologies of collaboration.


Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Visual Arts Program. S.M. Visual Studies '00
Rhode Island School of Design. BFA Painting '96


Courses Taught

Digital Imaging, Time-based and Interactive Media; Critical Theory and History of Media; Collaboration

Additional Campus Affiliations

Dean, College of Fine and Applied Arts
Professor, Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory
Professor, National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA)
Professor, Humanities Research Institute, Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation

Recent Publications

Hamilton, K. (2021). Humus and the Humble Leader. In R. Modrak, & J. Vander Broek (Eds.), Radical Humility: Essays on Ordinary Acts (pp. 95). Belt Publishing.

Hamilton, K., & O'Gorman, N. (2021). Seeing Experimental Imperialism in the Nuclear Pacific. Media+Environment, 3(1).

Hamilton, K., Cardenas, E., & Rodegher, S. (2021). The Future of Arts Integrative Work: Creating New Avenues for Advancing and Expanding the Field. In Routledge Handbook of Art, Science, and Technology Studies (pp. 384-395). Routledge.

Hamilton, K., & O'Gorman, N. (2021). Where Is the Nuclear Sovereign? In M. Bernard-Donals, & K. Jensen (Eds.), Responding to the Sacred: An Inquiry into the Limits of Rhetoric (pp. 172-198). Penn State University Press.

Vaccaro, K., Xiao, Z., Hamilton, K., & Karahalios, K. (2021). Contestability for Content Moderation. Proceedings of the ACM on Human-Computer Interaction, 5(CSCW2), Article 318.

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