Michele Hilmes


Michele Hilmes is Professor of Communication Arts at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and current Department Chair. She was the Director of Graduate Studies from 2009 to 2011 and the Director of the Wisconsin Center for Film and Theater Research from 2003 to 2010. A historian of broadcasting, she has taught classes on various aspects of broadcast texts, industry, and representation for over twenty years. Hilmes was the recipient of a Fullbright Research Fellowship at the University of Nottingham in 2013-2014 and was previously awarded the Resident Fellowship at the Institute for Research in the Humanities at UW-Madison (2010), the Helm Fellowship at Indiana University (2010), and Grant-in-Aid at the Rockefeller Archive Center (2009). Publishing extensively, she has written book chapters (e.g., “The New Vehicle of Nationalism: Radio Goes to War” in Russ Castronova and Jonathan Auerback’s Oxford Handbook of Propaganda Studies (2013)), articles for referred journals (e.g., “‘The North Atlantic Triangle’: Britain, the US, and Canada in 1950s Television” in Media History (2010)), and authored several books, notably Network Nations: A Transnational History of British and American Broadcasting (2011), Radio Voices: American Broadcasting 1922 to 1952 (1997), and Hollywood Broadcasting: From Radio to Cable (1999). Hilmes also edited the anthology NBC: America’s Network (2007) and coedited (with Jason Loviglio) a new collection of essays, Radio’s New Wave: Global Sound in the Digital Era (2013). Most recently, the 4th edition of her textbook Only Connect: A Cultural History of Broadcasting in the United States was published (2014). As a team member of Project Arclight, Hilmes will serve as broadcasting history domain expert in the US.