Featured Profile: Berkley Hudson
Visual scholar Dr. Berkley Hudson is renowned as a writer and educator.
Before coaching writing students at the University of Missouri’s Vox Magazine, Hudson worked as a staff writer for numerous publications including the Los Angeles Times. He continues to freelance, and his writing has appeared in Time magazine, the Los Angeles Times Sunday Magazine and Mother Jones.
Hudson’s research interests center on American media history, visual studies, interviewing, narrative journalism and media representation of racial conflict. Funded by the National Endowment for Humanities, Hudson has curated a collection of photographs documenting rural Mississippi life in the early 20th century – contributing to historians’ understanding of Southern and American photography. In 2013, he organized a multi-institutional series, “Politics of the Black Body,” exploring issues surrounding media and visual representations of race, gender and identity.
Hudson is widely recognized as an exceptional educator. His students have gone on to write for national media outlets including Men’s Health and ESPN. In 2015, he received a Kemper Award for Teaching Excellence.
Additionally, Hudson serves as chair of the campuswide Race Relations Committee of the Faculty Council. He also served as editor in chief of the international journal Visual Communications Quarterly. Under his leadership, the scope of the journal expanded through social media and multimedia interviews, making it a must-read for those interested in visual scholarship.
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