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Associate Professor Hugh Slotten

BA(Earlham College) MS MA PhD Wisconsin
Associate Professor
 

Contact

Office 3N6, 3rd floor, Arts (Burns) Building
Tel +64 3 479 6546
Email hugh.slotten@otago.ac.nz
 

Research Interest

Associate Professor Slotten’s areas of expertise include media and communication history, the history of science and technology, global media, science and technology studies, science communication, media and communication industry studies, and communication and media policy. His most recent book (in press with Johns Hopkins University Press, 2021) explores the development of the first global satellite communication system.

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.

Associate Professor Slotten was the lead editor of Volume 8 of the Cambridge History of Science Series: Modern Science in National, Transnational, and Global Context (Cambridge University Press, 2020) and the editor in chief of the two-volume Oxford Encyclopedia of the History of American Science, Medicine, and Technology (Oxford University Press, 2014). His 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. Radio’s Hidden Voice: The Origins of Public Broadcasting in the United States (History of Communication Series, University of Illinois Press, 2009) won a book award from the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication.


 

Papers in 2021

Semester One:
MFCO 203 Media History

Semester Two:
MFCO 222 Science, Technology, and Society
MFCO 313 Culture, Politics, Policy and Global Media

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Publications

Slotten, H. R. (2020). Africa, the Middle East, and South Asia: A commentary. In H. R. Slotten, R. L. Numbers & D. N. Livingstone (Eds.), The Cambridge history of science (Vol. 8): Modern science in national, transnational, and global context. (pp. 510-518). Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. doi: 10.1017/9781139044301.028

Slotten, H. R. (2020). United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and Oceania: A commentary. In H. R. Slotten, R. L. Numbers & D. N. Livingstone (Eds.), The Cambridge history of science (Vol. 8): Modern science in national, transnational, and global context. (pp. 752-759). Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. doi: 10.1017/9781139044301.038

Slotten, H. R. (2020). National scientific surveys. In H. R. Slotten, R. L. Numbers & D. N. Livingstone (Eds.), The Cambridge history of science (Vol. 8): Modern science in national, transnational, and global context. (pp. 124-136). Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. doi: 10.1017/9781139044301.010

Slotten, H. R. (2020). Introduction. In H. R. Slotten, R. L. Numbers & D. N. Livingstone (Eds.), The Cambridge history of science (Vol. 8): Modern science in national, transnational, and global context. (pp. 1-5). Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. doi: 10.1017/9781139044301.002

Slotten, H. R., Numbers, R. L., & Livingstone, D. N. (Eds.). (2020). The Cambridge history of science (Vol. 8): Modern science in national, transnational, and global context. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 844p. doi: 10.1017/9781139044301

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

Authored Book - Research

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.

Authored Book - Research

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., Numbers, R. L., & Livingstone, D. N. (Eds.). (2020). The Cambridge history of science (Vol. 8): Modern science in national, transnational, and global context. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 844p. doi: 10.1017/9781139044301

Edited Book - Research

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

Edited Book - Research

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

Edited Book - Research

Slotten, H. R. (2020). Africa, the Middle East, and South Asia: A commentary. In H. R. Slotten, R. L. Numbers & D. N. Livingstone (Eds.), The Cambridge history of science (Vol. 8): Modern science in national, transnational, and global context. (pp. 510-518). Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. doi: 10.1017/9781139044301.028

Chapter in Book - Research

Slotten, H. R. (2020). Introduction. In H. R. Slotten, R. L. Numbers & D. N. Livingstone (Eds.), The Cambridge history of science (Vol. 8): Modern science in national, transnational, and global context. (pp. 1-5). Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. doi: 10.1017/9781139044301.002

Chapter in Book - Research

Slotten, H. R. (2020). National scientific surveys. In H. R. Slotten, R. L. Numbers & D. N. Livingstone (Eds.), The Cambridge history of science (Vol. 8): Modern science in national, transnational, and global context. (pp. 124-136). Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. doi: 10.1017/9781139044301.010

Chapter in Book - Research

Slotten, H. R. (2020). United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and Oceania: A commentary. In H. R. Slotten, R. L. Numbers & D. N. Livingstone (Eds.), The Cambridge history of science (Vol. 8): Modern science in national, transnational, and global context. (pp. 752-759). Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. doi: 10.1017/9781139044301.038

Chapter in Book - Research

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].

Chapter in Book - Research

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].

Chapter in Book - Research

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].

Chapter in Book - Research

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].

Chapter in Book - Research

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].

Chapter in Book - Research

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].

Chapter in Book - Research

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].

Chapter in Book - Research

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].

Chapter in Book - Research

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].

Chapter in Book - Research

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].

Chapter in Book - Research

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].

Chapter in Book - Research

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].

Chapter in Book - Research

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].

Chapter in Book - Research

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].

Chapter in Book - Research

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].

Chapter in Book - Research

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].

Chapter in Book - Research

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].

Chapter in Book - Research

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].

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].

Chapter in Book - Research

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].

Chapter in Book - Research

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].

Chapter in Book - Research

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].

Chapter in Book - Research

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].

Chapter in Book - Research

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].

Chapter in Book - Research

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].

Chapter in Book - Research

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].

Chapter in Book - Research

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].

Chapter in Book - Research

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].

Chapter in Book - Research

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].

Chapter in Book - Research

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].

Chapter in Book - Research

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

Chapter in Book - Research

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

Journal - Research Article

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

Journal - Research Article

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

Journal - Research Article

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.

Journal - Research Article

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

Journal - Research Article

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.

Journal - Research Article

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

Journal - Research Article

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

Journal - Research Other

Slotten, H. (2009). [Review of the book Waves of opposition: Labor and the struggle for democratic radio]. Media History, 15(2), 246-248.

Journal - Research Other

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