Shawna KidmanShawna Kidman

Assistant Professor

Dr. Kidman received her Ph.D. in 2015 in Critical Studies from the School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California, where she received a USC Provost Graduate Fellowship. Prior to her appointment at UCSD, Dr. Kidman was an adjunct professor in Media Arts & Culture at Occidental College.

Her primary interest is in the media industries, and she brings  to UCSD expertise in broadcast, cable, digital content, and the emerging space of transmedia. Her research in these areas takes an interdisciplinary approach, one that combines business and legal history, communications theory, and textual analysis to contextualize and historicize media texts and cultural practice. Accounting for the current proliferation of comic-book-based texts in Hollywood and  beyond, Dr. Kidman’s dissertation provides a history of the comic book industry, and its historical intersections with film and television. In her published work, Dr. Kidman argues that structural histories like these build a foundation for more robust media education that better prepares students for the challenges of creative employment in the digital age.

Drawing from her research and professional background in film and television, Dr. Kidman will teach graduate and undergraduate courses in media studies and culture industries. She is developing seminars on transmedia, US television, cult film, and demographics.