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Faculty and Staff Profile

James Gilmore

Assistant Professor
Media & Technology Studies

Office: Strode 401



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Educational Background

Ph.D. Communication and Culture
Indiana University 2018

M.A. Film and Television
University of California, Los Angeles 2013

B.A. Film and Media Studies
University of South Carolina 2011

Courses Taught

COMM 1070: Media Representations of Science and Technology
COMM 2040: Critical-Cultural Communication Theory (no longer offered)
COMM 2120: Critical-Cultural Research Methods (no longer offered)
COMM 2500: Public Speaking
COMM 3310: Media Communication
COMM 3650: Critical-Cultural Communication
COMM 4020: Mass Communication History and Criticism
COMM 4950: Senior Capstone (no longer offered)
COMM 4970: Collaborative on Communication and Culture
COMM 8020: Communication Theory II (no longer offered)
COMM 8030: Survey of Communication Technology Studies (no longer offered)
COMM 8230: Seminar in Media & Technology Studies--Communication Infrastructures
COMM 8980: Graduate Colloquium

Independent studies offered to date:
Cultural Studies & Cultural Change
Infrastructure and Surveillance
Friedrich Kittler and German Media Studies
Streaming Media Industries


Dr. James N. Gilmore is an Assistant Professor of Media and Technology Studies in the Department of Communication. His work analyzes the cultural politics of media and communication technologies, with a particular interest in how they produce knowledge about individuals. He completed his PhD in Communication and Culture at Indiana University, and his MA in Film and Television at UCLA. Dr. Gilmore advises graduate students on research projects related to issues such as media infrastructures, cultural politics, surveillance, representation, discourse analysis, and popular culture. He teaches undergraduate courses on critical-cultural theory and methods, as well as courses on media and digital culture. He directs the Collaborative on Communication and Culture, a research collaborative for undergraduate and graduate students to work on projects related to cultural criticism across media, technology, and cultural studies. The Collaborative produces a blog and a podcast called Culture Critically ( He is the co-editor of two anthologies: Orson Welles in Focus: Texts and Contexts (co-edited with Dr. Sidney Gottlieb, Indiana University Press, 2018), and Superhero Synergies: Comic Book Characters Go Digital (co-edited with Dr. Matthias Stork, Rowman and Littlefield, 2014). He also co-edited, with Dr. Blake Hallinan, a double issue of Cultural Studies on infrastructural politics (2021). His research has been published in leading journals such as New Media & Society, Cultural Studies, Communication, Culture, & Critique, and Critical Studies in Media Communication. He is available for media comment and interview on issues related to technology and culture, including wearable technologies, data collection practices, digital platforms, and popular culture. Dr. Gilmore has served as an expert source for publications such as Wired, The Verge, and The Observer, as well as interviewed with a number of local radio programs and podcasts.

Research Interests

My research and writing explore how media technologies act as knowledge machines; how they produce knowledge about individuals, what that knowledge is used to do, and the consequences of those knowledge-generating practices on the level of culture. My work straddles media studies, cultural studies, science/technology studies, and communication. I primarily utilize discourse analysis, interpretive methodologies, and critical theory to trace the cultural politics of a variety of objects, practices, and ideas. My use of critical hermeneutics contextualizes the imaginaries surrounding technical devices and systems within broader historical-social formations.

I am also working on a book manuscript, tentatively titled A Battle for Everyday Life: Imagining and Implementing Wearable Technologies. It explores how wearable technologies have emerged in the first decades of the twenty-first century as a consumer-grade technology, and how they became articulated to practices in health, law, fitness, and labor. Across these domains, a variety of institutions and companies have implemented wearable technologies across a range of programs as a means to purportedly learn about the everyday lives of populations. In doing so, it explores an emergent cultural politics around how the conceptualization of everyday life is increasingly transformed into a space of surveillance, data extraction, and standardization.

Research Publications


James N. Gilmore and Sidney Gottlieb, eds., Orson Welles in Focus: Texts and Contexts (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2018).

James N. Gilmore and Matthias Stork, eds., Superhero Synergies: Comic Book Characters Go Digital (Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2014).

Book Manuscripts

James N. Gilmore, A Battle for Everyday Life: Imagining and Implementing Wearable Technologies (working manuscript in progress)

Journal Special Issues

Blake Hallinan and James N. Gilmore, eds., Cultural Studies 35, nos. 4-5 (2021). Special/double issue on infrastructural politics.

Journal Articles

James N. Gilmore, Bailey Troutman, Katherine Kenney, Madeline DePuy, Jessica Engel, Katherine Freed, Sidney Campbell, and Savannah Garrigan, “Stuck in a Cul-de-sac of care: Therapy Assistance Online and the platformization of mental health services for college students,” Television & New Media (2022): 1-17.

James N. Gilmore and McKinley DuRant, “Emergency Infrastructure and Locational Extraction: Problematizing Computer Assisted Dispatch Systems as Public Good,” Surveillance & Society 19, no. 2 (2021): 187-198.

James N. Gilmore, “Predicting COVID-19: Wearable technologies and the politics of solutionism,” Cultural Studies 35, nos. 2-3 (2021): 382-391. (editorially reviewed only).

Blake Hallinan and James N. Gilmore, “Infrastructural Politics amidst the Coils of Control,” Cultural Studies 35, nos. 4-5 (2021): 1-24.

James N. Gilmore, “Alienating and reorganizing cultural goods: Using Lefebvre’s controlled consumption model to theorize media industry change,” International Journal of Communication 24 (2020): 4474-4493.

James N. Gilmore, “To Affinity and Beyond: Clicking as Communicative Gesture on theExperimentation Platform,” Communication, Culture, & Critique 13, no. 3 (2020): 333-348.

James N. Gilmore and Bailey Troutman, “Articulating Water to Infrastructure: Agri-culture and Google’s South Carolina Data Center,” International Journal of Cultural Studies 23, no. 6 (2020): 916-931.

James N. Gilmore, “Securing the Kids: Geofencing and Child Wearables,” Convergence: The International Journal of Research into New Media Technologies 26, nos. 5-6 (2020): 1333-1346.

James N. Gilmore, “Design for Everyone: Apple AirPods and the Mediation of Accessibility,” Critical Studies in Media Communication 36, no. 5 (2019): 482-494.

James N. Gilmore “’Put Your Hand Against the Screen’: U2 and MediatedEnvironments,” Continuum: Journal of Media and Cultural Studies 33, no. 1 (2019): 65-76.

James N. Gilmore, “From Ticks and Tocks to Budges and Nudges: The Smartwatch and the Haptics of Informatic Culture,” Television & New Media 18, no. 3 (2017): 189-202 (Lead article).

Dan Hassoun and James N. Gilmore, “Drowsing: Towards a Concept of Sleepy Screen Engagement,” Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies 14, no. 2 (2017): 103-119 (Lead

James N. Gilmore, “Zero Dark Thirty and the Writing of Post-9/11 History,” QuarterlyReview of Film and Video 34, no. 3 (2017): 275-294.

James N. Gilmore, “Everywear: The Quantified Self and Wearable Fitness Technologies,” New Media & Society 18, no. 11 (2016): 2524-2539.

James N. Gilmore, “The Curious Adaptation of Benjamin Button: Or, The Dialogics of Brad Pitt’s Face,” Mediascape, Fall 2014, available at: .

James N. Gilmore, “Absolute Anxiety Test: Urban Wreckage in The Dark Knight Rises,” Mediascape, Fall 2013, available at: [editorially reviewed only].

Book Chapters

James N. Gilmore, “Progressivism and the Struggles Against Racism and Anti-Semitism: Welles’s Correspondences in 1946,” in Orson Welles in Focus: Texts and Contexts, Eds. James N. Gilmore and Sidney Gottlieb (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2018): 131-149

Sidney Gottlieb and James N. Gilmore, “Introduction: The Totality of Orson Welles,” in Orson Welles in Focus: Texts and Contexts, Eds. James N. Gilmore and Sidney Gottlieb
(Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 2018): 1-10

James N. Gilmore, “Circulating The Square: Digital Distribution as (Potential) Activism,” in The Age of Netflix: Critical Essays on Streaming Media, Digital Delivery, and Instant Access,
Eds. Cory Barker and Myc Wiatrowski (Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield, 2017): 120-140. Translated into: Korean (2019)

James N. Gilmore, “Spinning Webs: Constructing Authors, Genre, and Fans in the Spider-Man Film Franchise,” in Make Ours Marvel: Media Convergence and a Comics Universe, Ed. Matt Yockey (Austin: University of Texas Press, 2017): 248-267.

James N. Gilmore, “A Eulogy of the Urban Superhero: The Everyday Destruction of Space in the Superhero Film,” in Representing 9/11: Trauma, Ideology, and Nationalism in Literature, Film, and Television, Ed. Paul Petrovic (Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield, 2015), 53-63.

James N. Gilmore and Matthias Stork, “Introduction: Heroes, Converge!” Superhero Synergies: Comic Book Characters Go Digital, Eds. James N. Gilmore and Matthias Stork (Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2014), 1-10.

James N. Gilmore, “Will You Like Me When I’m Angry? Discourses of the Digital in Hulk and The Incredible Hulk,” in Superhero Synergies: Comic Book Characters Go Digital, Eds. James N. Gilmore and Matthias Stork, (Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2014), 11-26.

James Gilmore, “‘I Moved On, and So Did the Rest of Us’: The Masculine Ideal and its Discontents in Superman Returns,” in Examining Lois Lane: The Scoop on Superman’s Sweetheart, Ed. Nadine Farghaly (Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, 2013), 211-234.

Honors and Awards

Ray Camp Award for Most Outstanding Research Paper, Carolinas Communication Association, 2018, for "Smart Listening Systems and the Informatization of Communication"


Personal Website

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