The professional placement for scholars from the Department of Radio-Television-Film graduate programs is second to none. Below is a list of recent doctoral graduates, their dissertation titles, and when available, where they are presently teaching and researching.
Position: News Writer and Editor, World News Digest for Facts on File
Dissertation: “Exploring the Surveillance Culture in the Context of Smart Health: A Cross-Cultural Comparison Between South Korea and the U.S.”
Position: Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Medill Spiegel Research Center, Medill School of Journalism, Media, and Integrated Marketing Communications, Northwestern University
Dissertation: “Fringe Access: Mapping Local Television Distribution, 1952-1978”
Position: Assistant Professor, Communication Studies, Furman University
Position: Visiting Assistant Professor, Film & Media Arts, SMU
Dissertation: “The Mediated Identities of Central American Adoptees: Community Building and Resistance in Digital Spaces”
Position: Assistant Professor of Instruction, Screen Cultures, Northwestern University
Dissertation: “Protecting the Shield: How the NFL Navigated Institutional and Ideological Crisis in the Trump Era”
Position: Assistant Professor, Communication, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs
Dissertation: “Soft Power and Strategic Communication: @america in Jakarta, Indonesia”
Position: Assistant Professor, Film and Media, Emory University
Position: Presidential Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Communication, University of Maryland
Dissertation: “’News, In Pictures if Possible!”: The Material Flow of Early Television Newsfilm”
Position: Program Manager, Code Nation (Chicago)
Dissertation: “Mobile Networks of Power”
Position: Post-Doctoral Research Fellow with the Technology and Information Policy Institute (TIPI) and Consultant for the National Digital Inclusion Alliance (NDIA)
Position: Research Professor, Humanities Research Institute at Chung-Ang University (Seoul, Korea)
Dissertation: "New Frontier of Digital Media and Entertainment: Exploring Entrepreneurship in Chinese Digital Game Industry"
Position: Assistant Professor, School of Communication at Soochow University
Dissertation: "Locating the Politics of Amateur Media"
Position: Curatorial Assistant, Glenstone Museum
Dissertation: "Rejecting Nostalgia: Retro Jamming in Devolver Digital’s Independent Video Games"
Position: Quality Assurance Tester, Aspyr Media and Instructor, Central Texas College
Dissertation: "Transition Game: Television and the National Basketball Association During the Multichannel Shift, 1970-1984"
Position: Assistant Professor, Communication Studies, Oglethorpe University
Dissertation: "Homework Gaps and Connectivity Canyons: Education, Broadband, and the Shattered Myth of the Network Society"
Position: Program Manager, Michigan Moonshot at Merit Network, University of Michigan
Dissertation: "Intertwined Networks of Travel: The Located Mobility of Malegaon Media Culture"
Position: Assistant Professor, School of Modern Media, UPES
Dissertation: "From Hobby to Side Hustle: Fan Artist Professionalization in the Post-Network Era"
Position: Lecturer and Internship Director, Department of Radio-Television-Film; Program Director, Center for Entertainment & Media Industries
Dissertation: "Playing in Licensed Storyworlds: Games, Franchises, and Fans"
Position: Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of English, University of Nevada, Reno
Dissertation: "Contesting Hate: Online Misogyny and Anti-Hate Feminist Activism in South Korea"
Position: Assistant Professor, Film and Media, Emory University
Dissertation: "Not Streaming Near You: Specialty Film Distribution and Marketing in the Digital Age"
Position: Assistant Professor, Film, Television, and Digital Media, TCU
Dissertation: "For the maintenance of the system: institutional and cultural change within the motion picture producers and distributors of America, 1922-1945"
Position: Assistant Professor, Rowan University
Dissertation: "Third Cinema in the United States, 1960-67"
Dissertation: "Reel South: Race, Region, and the American Film Industry in the Era of Black Civil Rights, 1954-1976"
Position: Assistant Professor, Journalism and Media Studies, Mercer University
Dissertation: "Platform rules: a case study of Samsung’s failure in the smartphone platform industry"
Position: Assistant Professor, Mike Curb College of Entertainment and Music Business, Belmont University, Nashville, TN
Dissertation: "Wonder Women: Gender and Production in the Superhero Genre"
Position: Assistant Professor at SUNY (State University of New York) at Oneonta
Jennifer Minsoo Kang
Dissertation: "Unboxing Television: The Rise of Korean Web Dramas and Expansion of Independent Production Companies in the 2010s"
Position: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Digital Media Research Centre, Queensland University of Technology (QUT)
Dissertation: "Staging a Comeback: Film and Theater Convergence at Disney, 1982-1998"
Position: Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Communication, Tulane University
Dissertation: "Social network site use, social capital, and acculturation: a comparative study of Facebook and Renren.com use by Chinese international students in the United States"
Position: Assistant Professor of Communication, Illinois Institute of Technology
Position: Assistant Professor, Media Studies, Middle Georgia State University
Dissertation: "Personalizing Politics: Producing Accountability on Pakistan's News Television"
Position: Assistant Professor, School of English, Drama & Film, University College Dublin
Dissertation: "Big Tobacco and Broadcasting, 1923-1960: An Interdisciplinary History"
Dissertation: "Contemporary Japanese Seishun Eiga Cinema"
Dissertation: "Fashioning China: Precarious Creativity of Women Designers in Shanzhai Culture"
Position: Assistant Professor, Penn State University
Dissertation: "'Digital Unhu' in Zimbabwe: Critical Digital Studies from the Global South"
Position: Academic Program Coordinator, American Studies, UT Austin
Dissertation: "Animating the Voice: An Industrial Analysis of Vocal Performance in Disney and Pixar Feature Animation"
Position: Assistant Professor, Rowan University, Glassboro, NJ
Dissertation: "Seeing Color and Television: What Do Millennials' Television Practices Tell Us About Post-Raciality?"
Position: Assistant Professor of Communication Studies, Schreiner University
Dissertation: "Birth of the Cool: Global Flows and the Growth of English Language Stand-Up Comedy in Mumbai"
Dissertation: "Networked Bollywood: Star Switching Power and the Global Trajectories of Indian Cinema"
Position: Assistant Professor, University of Michigan in Film, TV, and Digital Media
Dissertation: "How Grown-Ups Are Born: The Emerging-Adult Genre and American Film and Television"
Adam Clark Williams III
Dissertation: "Creating While Black: Digital Participation, Digital Expressions, and Cultural Capital Among Black Teens in Austin, Texas"
UT Radio-Television-Film doctoral alumni are producing valuable research, publishing innovative work, contributing to academic and policy debates on key communication and media issues, and inspiring better media practices. A PhD from UT Austin has succeeded in helping many of our alums to obtain faculty positions at top universities across the U.S. and around the world.
Doctoral graduates of RTF have obtained jobs at the following universities
Arizona State University
Callifornia State - Fullerton
Chung Ang University (Korea)
Columbia College - Chicaco
De Paul University
Ewha Woman's University (Korea)
Federal University de Bahia (Brazil)
Ft. Lewis College in Colorado
Georgia State University
Hankuk University (Korea)
Hannam University (Korea)
Hanyang University (Korea)
Illinois State University
Indiana University – Bloomington
Indiana University - Purdue
Kookmin University (Korea)
Lewis & Clark College
Mardin Artuklu University (Turkey)
Old Dominion University
New York University
Queens University of Charlotte
Queensland University of Technology
Salisbury University (Maryland)
Sejong University (Korea)
Seoul National University of Science & Technology (Korea)
Texas A&M University
Texas Christian University
University College Dublin
University of Alabama
University of Arizona
University of California - Irvine
University of Chicago
University of Colorado – Denver
University of Florida
University of Georgia – Athens
University of Leeds
University of Massachusetts – Amherst
University of Miami
University of Michigan – Ann Arbor
University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill
University of North Texas
University fo Notre Dame
University of Singapore
University of South Florida – St. Petersburg
University of Sydney
University of Texas at Austin
University of Toronto
University of Virginia
University of Washington – Tacoma
University of Wisconsin – Madison
Whitman College – Washington