Interface Aesthetics and Theory, Nuclear Weapons and Disarmament, History of Technology, History of Photography & Film, Air Force, Critical Geography, Practice-Based Research
Working in collaborative and cross-disciplinary modes, Kevin produces artworks, archives, and scholarship on such subjects as race and space, public memory, history of technology, and state violence. Recognition for his work has included grants from the National Science Foundation and National Endowment for the Humanities, presentation at conferences across Europe and North America (ISEA/ DEAF/CAA/NCA/ACM-SIGCHI), publication in edited journals and anthologies (Routledge/CCCS/Palm Press/UCLA), and invited residencies (Banff/USC-IML/Bratislava).
As an educator, administrator, and researcher, Kevin is focused on integration of practice-based, historical and theoretical approaches to learning about technological mediation. This work has included the development of several interdisciplinary project-based courses, workshops, and initiatives for students and faculty from the sciences, arts and humanities, with emphases on prototyping, reflection, and methodologies of collaboration.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Visual Arts Program. S.M. Visual Studies '00
Rhode Island School of Design. BFA Painting '96
Digital Imaging, Time-based and Interactive Media; Critical Theory and History of Media; Collaboration
Additional Campus Affiliations
Dean, College of Fine and Applied Arts
Professor, Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory
Professor, National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA)
Professor, Humanities Research Institute, Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation
Hamilton, K., & O’Gorman, N. (2019). Engineering Geographies: The Arctic in the Cold War Air Defense Films of the US Air Force. In L. Kaganovsky, S. MacKenzie, & A. W. Stenport (Eds.), Arctic Cinemas and the Documentary Ethos (pp. 133-154). Indiana University Press. https://doi.org/10.2307/j.ctvcj2wqq.11
Hamilton, K. (Ed.) (2019). Illinois 150: The 21st Century Research University and the Public Good. Windsor & Downs Press. https://doi.org/10.21900/wd.8
Hamilton, K., & O'Gorman, T. E. (2018). Lookout America! The Secret Hollywood Studio at the Heart of the Cold War. (Interfaces: Studies in Visual Culture). University Press of New England.
Vaccaro, K., Huang, D., Eslami, M., Sandvig, C., Hamilton, K., & Karahalios, K. (2018). The illusion of control: Placebo effects of control settings. In CHI 2018 - Extended Abstracts of the 2018 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems: Engage with CHI (Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Proceedings; Vol. 2018-April). Association for Computing Machinery. https://doi.org/10.1145/3173574.3173590
Anderson, B. G., Prom, C. J., Hamilton, K., Hutchinson, J. A., Sammons, M., & Dolski, A. (2017). The cybernetics thought collective project: Using computational methods to reveal intellectual context in archival material. In J-Y. Nie, Z. Obradovic, T. Suzumura, R. Ghosh, R. Nambiar, C. Wang, H. Zang, R. Baeza-Yates, R. Baeza-Yates, X. Hu, J. Kepner, A. Cuzzocrea, J. Tang, & M. Toyoda (Eds.), Proceedings - 2017 IEEE International Conference on Big Data, Big Data 2017 (pp. 2213-2218). (Proceedings - 2017 IEEE International Conference on Big Data, Big Data 2017; Vol. 2018-January). Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.. https://doi.org/10.1109/BigData.2017.8258171