Mack Hagood, Ph.D.

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Robert H. and Nancy J. Blayney Assistant Professor of Comparative Media Studies

Mack HagoodMack Hagood does ethnographic research in digital media, sound technologies, and popular music. He is particularly interested in how people use audio media to control their spatial surroundings, social interactions, and sense of self. Dr. Hagood teaches courses in comparative media studies, representation, sound cultures, global media, ethnographic methods, and audio production. He received his PhD from Indiana University’s Department of Communication and Culture. While he was at IU, he and his students won the Indiana Society of Professional Journalists’ 2012 Best Radio Use of Sound award for their documentary series “I-69: Sounds and Stories in the Path of a Superhighway.” Dr. Hagood's scholarly publications include studies of indie rock in Taiwan (Folklore Forum), the use of noise-canceling headphones in air travel (American Quarterly), the ontology of Foley and digital film sound (Cinema Journal), and the importance of sound as "the 12th man" in NFL games and their telecasts (Popular Communication, forthcoming). He is currently completing a book for Duke University Press on “orphic media”—apps and devices used to create a comfortable sense of space through sound. He has worked as a writer and editor for print and digital publications, created music for independent film projects, and played guitar for the Americana group Pinetop Seven.