Visiting Assistant Professor of Media, Culture, and Communication
Shawn VanCour’s research explores the industrial, technological, and aesthetic histories of U.S. radio and television, their relationships with neighboring sound and screen media, and their transformations in the digital era. Areas of interest include media aesthetics, production studies, film and television studies, sound studies, cultural studies, media history, and history of technology. His book, Making Radio: Early Radio Production and the Rise of Modern Sound Culture (Oxford University Press, forthcoming), traces the development of dominant production practices and performance styles for early U.S. radio and their impact on adjacent fields of film and music recording, and he is currently working on a follow-up book on early television production. He has published work in Media, Culture & Society, Modernist Cultures, and numerous anthologies, including essays on the history of classical music broadcasts, practices of early radio listening, history of television sound, aesthetics of early television drama, cultural approaches to broadcasting historiography, media diffusion theory, media theorist Rudolf Arnheim, the works of Norman Corwin and Orson Welles, and the history of modern media archives, with additional work in progress on retro radio listening via web and mobile platforms and aesthetic norms for online video production. Before joining NYU, he held a visiting position at Carleton College (Minnesota) and a postdoctoral research appointment at the University of South Carolina.