Kim Knight

Kim Knight

Associate Professor
Fashioning Circuits
Tags: Design & Technology Emerging Media Art Art & Science Communication & Culture Critical Media Studies ATCM

Professional Preparation

D.Phil - English Literature
University of California, Santa Barbara - 2011
M.A. - English Literature
California State University, Northridge - 2004
B.A. - English Literature
California State University, Northridge - 2001

Research Areas

Areas of specialization
  • Emerging media
  • Viral media
  • Intersectional feminism and digital media
  • Digital humanities
  • Social media
  • Wearable technology
  • Maker culture


Fashioning Makers and Counterpublics: Critical Making and Public Humanities. Under contract with the University of Iowa Press, Humanities and Public Life series. 2017 - Publication
Viral Structures in Literature and Digital Media: Networked Counterpublics and Participatory Capitalism. Book manuscript. Routledge Research in Digital Humanities, forthcoming. 2017 - Publication
“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, Forthcoming 2016. 2016 - Publication
“The Work of iamamiwhoami in the Age of Networked Transmission.” Peer reviewed contribution to The Projector: A Journal on Film, Media, and Culture 15.1 (Winter 2015): 8-46. 2015 - Publication
“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. 2015 - Publication
“Race and Ethnicity.” IInvited and peer reviewed contribution to The Johns Hopkins Guide to Digital Media. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins UP, 2014. 2014 - Publication
“Gender Representation.” Invited and peer reviewed contribution to The Johns Hopkins Guide to Digital Media. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins UP, 2014. 2014 - Publication
“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. Hershey: IGI Global, 2013 2013 - Publication


Assistant Professor
University of Texas at Dallas [2010–Present]
Art, Technology, and Emerging Communication
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]


Invited Talks
2018–2018 “Viral Anxieties in Arts and Antiviral Technology.” Invited as 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 Medicine, Science, and Technology. May 2013. "Moving the Field Forward" Privileged Places and Inclusive Spaces” at Media Places: Infrastructure | Space | Media, University of Umeå, December 2012. “Digital Humanities: A Media Ecology” at Distinguished Visiting Speakers Program, California State University Northridge, November 2011.
Selected Presentations
2018–2018 “Critical Design, Deviant Critique.” Panel proposal with Jentery Sayers, Jacqueline Wernimont, and Padmini Ray Murray. Submitted to 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 Participation in Fashioning Circuits." Panel 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 iOS 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.” 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 Literature and Culture of Information 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.

Additional Information

UT Dallas School of ATEC Faculty Fellowship. Fall 2015 - Spring 2016.
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.
UT Dallas Intercultural Excellence and Inclusive Teaching Award. UT Dallas. May 2013. Mitchell Marcus Prize for Outstanding Graduate Student in English. CSUN. June 2004. M.A. with distinction, overall GPA of 3.885 or above. CSUN. June 2004. Runner Up Award, College of Humanities. 18th Annual CSU Student Research Competition. California  State University. May 2004. First Place Award, College of the Humanities. 8 th Annual Student Research and Creative Works  Symposium. California State University, Northridge. November 2003. TA Fee-waiver based upon innovative work with web-publishing in the classroom. Spring 2003.

News Articles

EMAC Professor Earns System Teaching Award
Dr. Kim Knight, an assistant professor of emerging media and communication, has received the 2016 Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award for her work and innovation in the classroom.
Knight has been a professor at UT Dallas since 2010, but her first foray into teaching was more than 14 years ago at California State University, Northridge as a teaching assistant under the tutelage of English professor Dr. Irene Clark.
It was there that Knight learned many of the strategies she still uses today.
EMAC Professor Kim Knight to Kick Off 'Viruses, Vectors and Values' Lecture Series
Inspired in part by the notable, viral outbreaks of 2014, the Center for Values in Medicine, Science and Technology will explore “Viruses, Vectors and Values” in its upcoming lecture series.

Dr. Matthew Brown, associate professor of philosophy and the director of the Center for Values, said the theme for this year’s series was inspired in part by widely reported epidemics in the United States, namely Ebola and measles.
Dr. Kim Knight
“This year’s lecture series will explore the social values and cultural meanings associated with viruses, disease, epidemics, vaccinations and public health,” Brown said. “Our annual lecture series serves to foster recognition of the various, complex ways that ethics, values and culture interact with science, technology and medicine by bringing world-class scholars to UT Dallas to share their research and ideas in these areas with faculty, students and the members of the general public.”
Q&A with ATEC Professor Kim Knight
Q&A with ATEC Professor Kim Knight Kim Knight is an Associate Professor of Critical Media Studies in the School of Arts, Technology and Emerging Communication. Her research explores how digital culture affects negotiations of power and the formation of identity, particularly for marginalized groups. Professor Knight took a break to reflect on the impact COVID-19 has had on her research:


The Spiral Dance

From the "About" section:

"The goal of this blog is to examine the relationship between gender and technology in our contemporary media landscape, including social media, emerging platforms and devices, and representations of gender in pop culture. This will include the collection of resources and the publicizing of events that may be noteworthy for those interested in the study of gender and emerging media. And because gender does not influence identity in a vacuum, you can expect to read about other relevant issues from time to time."

Fashioning Circuits

From the "About" section:

Fashioning Circuits was launched in September 2011 as part of a series of independent studies in the graduate program in Emerging Media and Communication (EMAC) at the University of Texas, Dallas. The goal of the project is twofold: to explore the ways in which fashion and emerging media intersect and to work with community partners to introduce beginners to making and coding through wearable media. In Fashioning Circuits “fashion” functions not just as a noun to describe cultural trends, but also as a verb, “to fashion,” to indicate the experiential and problem based learning strategies of the project as well as the potential for a diverse range of students to fashion themselves as members of the publics and counterpublics of the future.