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Dr Hugh Slotten

BA(Earlham College) MS MA PhD Wisconsin
Senior Lecturer
 

Contact

Office: Richardson 6C22
Tel: 64 3 4796546
Email: hugh.slotten@otago.ac.nz
 

Research Interest

Dr. Slotten’s areas of expertise include media and communication history, the history of science and technology, global media, science and technology studies, and communication and media policy. His current book project explores the development of the first global satellite communication system, and he is the lead editor for Volume 8 of the Cambridge History of Science (Modern Science in National, Transnational, and Global Context).

He has held appointments at Harvard University, Johns Hopkins University, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In 2010, he was awarded the Charles A. Lindbergh Chair in Aerospace History by the Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum. He has also received grants and fellowships from the United States National Science Foundation, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History, the American Historical Association, the Huntington Library, the Spencer Foundation, the Library Company of Philadelphia, the New York University Abu Dhabi Institute, and the Dibner Foundation.

Dr. Slotten is the editor in chief of the recently published two-volume Oxford Encyclopedia of the History of American Science, Medicine, and Technology (Oxford University Press, 2014). His first book, Patronage, Practice, and the Culture of American Science: Alexander Dallas Bache and the U.S. Coast Survey (Cambridge University Press, 1994), won an award from the Forum for the History of Science in America of the History of Science Society. His third book, Radio’s Hidden Voice: The Origins of Public Broadcasting in the United States (History of Communication Series, University of Illinois Press, 2009), won an award from the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication.
 

Papers In 2017

Semester One:

MFCO 203 Media History
MFCO 313 Culture, Politics, Policy and Global Media

Semester Two:

MFCO 222 Science, Technology, and Society

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Publications

Slotten, H. R. (Ed.). (2014). Oxford encyclopedia of the history of American science, medicine, and technology (Vol. 1). New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 653p.

Slotten, H. R. (Ed.). (2014). Oxford encyclopedia of the history of American science, medicine, and technology (Vol. 2). New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 742p.

Slotten, H. R. (2009). Radio's hidden voice: The origins of public broadcasting in the United States. Urbana, IL: University of Illinois Press, 325p.

Slotten, H. R. (2000). Radio and television regulation: Broadcast technology in the United States, 1920-1960. Baltimore, MD, USA: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 308p.

Slotten, H. R. (1994). Patronage, practice, and the culture of American Science: Alexander Dallas Bache and the U.S. Coast Survey. Cambridge University Pres, 244p.

Authored Book - Research

Slotten, H. R. (2009). Radio's hidden voice: The origins of public broadcasting in the United States. Urbana, IL: University of Illinois Press, 325p.

Slotten, H. R. (2000). Radio and television regulation: Broadcast technology in the United States, 1920-1960. Baltimore, MD, USA: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 308p.

Slotten, H. R. (1994). Patronage, practice, and the culture of American Science: Alexander Dallas Bache and the U.S. Coast Survey. Cambridge University Pres, 244p.

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Edited Book - Research

Slotten, H. R. (Ed.). (2014). Oxford encyclopedia of the history of American science, medicine, and technology (Vol. 1). New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 653p.

Slotten, H. R. (Ed.). (2014). Oxford encyclopedia of the history of American science, medicine, and technology (Vol. 2). New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 742p.

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Chapter in Book - Research

Slotten, H. R. (2014). Berkner, Lloyd. In H. R. Slotten (Ed.), Oxford encyclopedia of the history of American science, medicine, and technology (Vol. 1). (pp. 119-120). Oxford University Press. [Encyclopaedia/Dictionary Entry].

Rothenberg, M., & Slotten, H. R. (2014). Bowditch, Nathaniel. In H. R. Slotten (Ed.), Oxford encyclopedia of the history of American science, medicine, and technology (Vol. 1). (pp. 153-154). Oxford University Press. [Encyclopaedia/Dictionary Entry].

Slotten, H. R. (2014). Eastman, George. In H. R. Slotten (Ed.), Oxford encyclopedia of the history of American science, medicine, and technology (Vol. 1). (pp. 285-286). Oxford University Press. [Encyclopaedia/Dictionary Entry].

Slotten, H. R. (2014). Hale, George Ellery. In H. R. Slotten (Ed.), Oxford encyclopedia of the history of American science, medicine, and technology (Vol. 1). (pp. 477-478). Oxford University Press. [Encyclopaedia/Dictionary Entry].

Baatz, S., & Slotten, H. R. (2014). American Philosophical Society. In H. R. Slotten (Ed.), Oxford encyclopedia of the history of American science, medicine, and technology (Vol. 1). (pp. 50-51). Oxford University Press. [Encyclopaedia/Dictionary Entry].

Israel, P., & Slotten, H. R. (2014). Atlantic cable. In H. R. Slotten (Ed.), Oxford encyclopedia of the history of American science, medicine, and technology (Vol. 1). (pp. 98-99). Oxford University Press. [Encyclopaedia/Dictionary Entry].

Kuznick, P. J., & Slotten, H. R. (2014). Conant, James B. In H. R. Slotten (Ed.), Oxford encyclopedia of the history of American science, medicine, and technology (Vol. 1). (pp. 214-215). Oxford University Press. [Encyclopaedia/Dictionary Entry].

Shaw, R. E., & Slotten, H. R. (2014). Erie Canal. In H. R. Slotten (Ed.), Oxford encyclopedia of the history of American science, medicine, and technology (Vol. 1). (pp. 330-331). Oxford University Press. [Encyclopaedia/Dictionary Entry].

Tomlin, D. A., Knewstubb, E., & Slotten, H. R. (2014). Gibbs, Josiah Willard. In H. R. Slotten (Ed.), Oxford encyclopedia of the history of American science, medicine, and technology (Vol. 1). (pp. 464-465). Oxford University Press. [Encyclopaedia/Dictionary Entry].

Numbers, R. L., Knewstubb, E., & Slotten, H. R. (2014). Gray, Asa. In H. R. Slotten (Ed.), Oxford encyclopedia of the history of American science, medicine, and technology (Vol. 1). (pp. 471-472). Oxford University Press. [Encyclopaedia/Dictionary Entry].

Bartlett, R. A., & Slotten, H. R. (2014). Lewis and Clark expedition. In H. R. Slotten (Ed.), Oxford encyclopedia of the history of American science, medicine, and technology (Vol. 1). (pp. 630-631). Oxford University Press. [Encyclopaedia/Dictionary Entry].

Lindee, S., & Slotten, H. R. (2014). Human Genome Project. In H. R. Slotten (Ed.), Oxford encyclopedia of the history of American science, medicine, and technology (Vol. 1). (pp. 557-558). Oxford University Press. [Encyclopaedia/Dictionary Entry].

Slotten, H. R. (2014). Maury, Matthew Fontaine. In H. R. Slotten (Ed.), Oxford encyclopedia of the history of American science, medicine, and technology (Vol. 2). (pp. 30-31). Oxford University Press. [Encyclopaedia/Dictionary Entry].

Slotten, H. R. (2014). Rittenhouse, David. In H. R. Slotten (Ed.), Oxford encyclopedia of the history of American science, medicine, and technology (Vol. 2). (pp. 388-389). Oxford University Press. [Encyclopaedia/Dictionary Entry].

Slotten, H. R. (2014). Van Allen, James A.. In H. R. Slotten (Ed.), Oxford encyclopedia of the history of American science, medicine, and technology (Vol. 2). (pp. 557-558). Oxford University Press. [Encyclopaedia/Dictionary Entry].

Carstensen, F. V., Knewstubb, E., & Slotten, H. R. (2014). McCormack, Cyrus Hall. In H. R. Slotten (Ed.), Oxford encyclopedia of the history of American science, medicine, and technology (Vol. 2). (pp. 34-35). Oxford University Press. [Encyclopaedia/Dictionary Entry].

West, M. I., Knewstubb, E., & Slotten, H. R. (2014). Menninger, Karl and William. In H. R. Slotten (Ed.), Oxford encyclopedia of the history of American science, medicine, and technology (Vol. 2). (pp. 79-80). Oxford University Press. [Encyclopaedia/Dictionary Entry].

Boyer, P. S., Knewstubb, E., & Slotten, H. R. (2014). Mitchell, Maria. In H. R. Slotten (Ed.), Oxford encyclopedia of the history of American science, medicine, and technology (Vol. 2). (pp. 121-122). Oxford University Press. [Encyclopaedia/Dictionary Entry].

Trautman, T., Knewstubb, E., & Slotten, H. R. (2014). Morgan, Lewis Henry. In H. R. Slotten (Ed.), Oxford encyclopedia of the history of American science, medicine, and technology (Vol. 2). (pp. 125-126). Oxford University Press. [Encyclopaedia/Dictionary Entry].

Miller, D. L., Knewstubb, E., & Slotten, H. R. (2014). Mumford, Lewis. In H. R. Slotten (Ed.), Oxford encyclopedia of the history of American science, medicine, and technology (Vol. 2). (pp. 135-136). Oxford University Press. [Encyclopaedia/Dictionary Entry].

Kleinman, D. L., & Slotten, H. R. (2014). National Academy of Sciences. In H. R. Slotten (Ed.), Oxford encyclopedia of the history of American science, medicine, and technology (Vol. 2). (pp. 143-144). Oxford University Press. [Encyclopaedia/Dictionary Entry].

Walker, J. S., & Slotten, H. R. (2014). Nuclear power. In H. R. Slotten (Ed.), Oxford encyclopedia of the history of American science, medicine, and technology (Vol. 2). (pp. 173-174). Oxford University Press. [Encyclopaedia/Dictionary Entry].

Bliss, M., Knewstubb, E., & Slotten, H. R. (2014). Osler, William. In H. R. Slotten (Ed.), Oxford encyclopedia of the history of American science, medicine, and technology (Vol. 2). (pp. 212-213). Oxford University Press. [Encyclopaedia/Dictionary Entry].

Hager, T., Knewstubb, E., & Slotten, H. R. (2014). Pauling, Linus. In H. R. Slotten (Ed.), Oxford encyclopedia of the history of American science, medicine, and technology (Vol. 2). (pp. 223-224). Oxford University Press. [Encyclopaedia/Dictionary Entry].

Peters, T., & Slotten, H. R. (2014). Skycrapers. In H. R. Slotten (Ed.), Oxford encyclopedia of the history of American science, medicine, and technology (Vol. 2). (pp. 458-459). Oxford University Press. [Encyclopaedia/Dictionary Entry].

Slotten, H. R., & Baughman, J. L. (2014). Television. In H. R. Slotten (Ed.), Oxford encyclopedia of the history of American science, medicine, and technology (Vol. 2). (pp. 533-538). Oxford University Press. [Encyclopaedia/Dictionary Entry].

Taylor, R. E., Knewstubb, E., & Slotten, H. R. (2014). Urey, Harold C.. In H. R. Slotten (Ed.), Oxford encyclopedia of the history of American science, medicine, and technology (Vol. 2). (pp. 556). Oxford University Press. [Encyclopaedia/Dictionary Entry].

Bergin, T., Knewstubb, E., & Slotten, H. R. (2014). Von Neumann, John. In H. R. Slotten (Ed.), Oxford encyclopedia of the history of American science, medicine, and technology (Vol. 2). (pp. 564-565). Oxford University Press. [Encyclopaedia/Dictionary Entry].

Gossel, P. P., Knewstubb, E., & Slotten, H. R. (2014). Welch, William H. In H. R. Slotten (Ed.), Oxford encyclopedia of the history of American science, medicine, and technology (Vol. 2). (pp. 588-589). Oxford University Press. [Encyclopaedia/Dictionary Entry].

Carlson, W. B., Knewstubb, E., & Slotten, H. R. (2014). Westinghouse, George. In H. R. Slotten (Ed.), Oxford encyclopedia of the history of American science, medicine, and technology (Vol. 2). (pp. 589-590). Oxford University Press. [Encyclopaedia/Dictionary Entry].

Slotten, H. R. (2008). Satellite technology. In S. L. Vaughn (Ed.), Encyclopedia of American journalism. (pp. 464-466). New York: Routledge.

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Journal - Research Article

Slotten, H. R. (2015). International governance, organizational standards, and the first global satellite communication system. Journal of Policy History, 27(3), 521-549. doi: 10.1017/S0898030615000214

Slotten, H. R. (2013). The International Telecommunications Union, space radio communications and U.S. Cold War diplomacy, 1957-1963. Diplomatic History, 37(1), 313-371. doi: 10.1093/dh/dht014

Slotten, H. R. (2008). Radio's hidden voice: Noncommercial broadcasting, extension education, and state universities during the 1920s. Technology & Culture, 49(1), 1-20.

Slotten, H. R. (2006). Universities, public service radio and the 'American system' of commercial broadcasting, 1921-40. Media History, 12(3), 253-272.

Slotten, H. R. (2006). Universities, public service experimentation, and the origins of radio broadcasting in the United States, 1900-1920. Historical Journal of Film, Radio & Television, 26(4), 485-504.

Slotten, H. R. (2005). Commercial radio, public affairs discourse and the manipulation of sound scholarship: Isolationism, wartime civil rights and the collapse of the attractiveness of communism in America, 1933-1945. Historical Journal of Film, Radio & Television, 25(3), 371-398.

Slotten, H. R. (2002). Satellite communications, globalization, and the Cold War. Technology & Culture, 43(2), 315-350.

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Journal - Research Other

Slotten, H. R. (2010). [Review of the book Longitude by wire: Finding North America]. Isis, 101(4), 911.

Slotten, H. R. (2009). [Review of the book Telecommunications and Empire]. Technology & Culture, 50(3), 725-726.

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Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Slotten, H. R. (2007). Satellite communications, organizational arrangements, and the global context of entrepreneurial activity. In W. J. Hausman (Ed.), Business and economic history on-line: Papers from the Business History Conference Annual Meeting. BHC. Retrieved from http://www.h-net.org/~business/bhcweb/publications/BEHonline/2007/abstracts07.html#slotten

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Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

Slotten, H. R. (2014, June). "Global" relationships, international agreements, and satellite communications. Verbal presentation at the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations Conference, Lexington, Kentucky.

Laney, M., Slotten, H. R., & Weitekamp, M. A. (2014, January). Aerospace history: Changes in the iield through the eyes of AHA aerospace history fellows. Panel discussion at the 128th American Historical Association Annual Meeting, Washinton, DC.

Slotten, H. (2013, June). 'In view of all of the citizens': The Public Broadcasting Act, 1962-1967 [Respondent]. Verbal presentation at the International Communications Association Annual Meeting, London, UK.

Slotten, H. (2013, May). Spatial frames of reference, Intelsat, and the history of global communications. Verbal presentation at the Globalizing Histories of Science, Technology, and Medicine Workshop, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

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