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Dr. Kyra Hunting

Dr. Kyra Hunting
Media Arts & Studies

Assistant Professor



Dr. Kyra Hunting recieved her PhD in 2014 at the University of Wisconsin, Madison where she did her dissertation on ways in which television genre's formal elements impact the representation of minority groups in crime procedurals, medical, and teen dramas. She joined the Media Arts and Studies faculty in the Fall of 2014. 

Dr. Hunting's current research projects include work on twitter and celebrity activism as employed by the Ian Somerhalder Foundation, a study of gender in animated films, a study on the representation of education in kid's television, and work on how digital content delivery platforms intersects with cultural ideologies about gender. Her recent publications include a chapter on fandom themed fashiohn blogs in the anthology Cupcakes, Pinterest, and Ladyporn, an article on Disney Jr. Appisodes and merged screen media in Spectator, and has a forthcoming chapter on how Orange Is the New Black combines attributes of the Women's Prison and Lesbian Family Drama genres. Dr. Hunting is a contributor to the media-blog Antenna Response to Media and Culturehas been a judge for the WAMM (Women and Minorities in Media Film Festival, and as an invited reviewer for various journals. 

Courses Taught

MAS 404 Introduction to Media Industries

How does a film get from idea to the movie theater to your computer screen? What does it take to make good transmedia? This course explores the ways that the media industry works and the major factors that are impacting and shaping the industry today. Students learn about media distribution, franchising, audiences, labor practices, regulation, transmedia, globalization,and much more. In this class students complete projects in which they they research, strategize and create a pitch for a new media franchise, track a favorite media company in the trade press, and explore thier own media consumption habits.

Get a sample syllabus HERE 


MAS 420 Media Criticism

Watching television and film is a favorite liesure activity for most Americans, but few of us have the tools to talk, write and analyze media effectively. This class will give students a toolbox to talk about the aesthetic, narrative, and representational aspects of television and film and become intelligent and informed consumers and producers of media. In this class students will write blogs about media texts of their choice and create podcasts or video essays to analyze media texts using audio-visual elements to demonstrate their interpretive and analytic skills.

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MAS 590 Special Topics - Kid's Media 

"It's just a cartoon" is one thing you will never here in this special topics class. This class takes seriously cartoons, kid-coms, apps, and many other forms of media developed to kids. This class looks at the unique conditions of the kid's media industry, media literacy and educational approaches to kid's tv, how kid's media can be art, and the representational and social implications of kid's media. In this class students will write a paper about the kid's media industry, create a video or photo essay analyzing the artistry of a kid's media text, and an "application project" where they apply their knowledge and creativity to create something for a key audience for kid's media like a teacher's guide, film proposal, or an analysis of television pilots for a programming block.

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Selected Works 

"All in the (Prison) Family: Genre Mixing and Queer Representations Behind Bars" in April Householder and Adrienne Trier-Bienek (eds.) Essays on Orange is the New Black. Forthcoming. 

"Fashioning Feminine Fandom: Fashion Blogging and the Expression of Creative and Mediated Identity" in Elana Levine (ed.) Feeling Feminine: Popular CUlture for Women in the Early 21st Century. Champaign, IL: University of Illinois Press, 2015.

"Disney Jr. Appisodes and the "Merged Screen" Viewing Experience." Spectator. 34.2: Spring, 2014.

"Musical Marriage: Glee and the Mash-Up Aesthetic," with Amanda McQueen. Quarterly Review of Film and Video, 31.4: 2014.

"In Focus: Furiously Franchised: Clueless, Convergence Culture and the Female-Focused Franchise." Cinema Journal. 53.5: Spring 2014.

"Women Talk: Chick-Lit TV and the Dialogues of Feminism." Communication Review. 15.3: 2012.

"Queer as Folk and the Trouble with Slash." Transformative Works and Culture. 11: 2012.  

Additional Information

Curriculum Committee Member, Graduate Program in Communication, University of Kentucky. 

Scholarship Committee, Department of Journalism and Telecommunication, University of Kentucky.

Co-founder and contributor Antenna: Responses to Media and Culture.

Judge WAMMFest 2014.

Dr. Hunting has presented her work at the National Communication Association, International Communication Association, Society of Cinema and Media Studies, American Studies Association, Cultural Studies Association and Console-ing Passions Conferences. 

Contact Info


Office Phone: 1-859-217-4362

Office Hours: 10:00 -10:45 am, 1:00-1:45 pm, Tuesday and Thursday and by Appointment

Office: 140 Grehan Journalism Building


Entertainment screen media,genre,  gender, sexuality and religious representation, kid's media, and textual analysis methodological approaches. 


B.A. Oberlin College

M.A. Michigan State University

PhD. University of Wisconsin, Madison


SDR-V Multi-Disciplinary Research Grant, University of Kentucky, 2015.

Chancellor's Fellowship, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2014.

Peer Mentor Award, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2014.