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Paul M. Hillier


Paul M. Hillier

Meet Paul M. Hillier

Associate Professor, Communication

Education: 2001 Eckerd College, B.A.
2003 George Washington University, M.A.
2008 University of Georgia, Ph.D.

Courses Taught: Visual Literacy
Television Criticism
Communication and Cultural Studies
Introduction to Scriptwriting

Career Specialties: Paul Hillier’s interests are in television studies, American visual culture, and relationships between media, technology and U.S. society. He published articles that explore the history of Reality TV, making connections between P.T. Barnum’s “playful frauds,” Allen Funt’s Candid Camera, Milgram’s “Obedience Study,” Zimbardo’s infamous “Prison Experiment,” Mark Burnett’s Survivor to more recent Reality TV. He’s currently writing about conceptions and representations of social class in the media.

Professional and Community Activities: Prior to joining UT, Hillier taught at the University of Georgia, where he was a 2007 recipient of the Outstanding Teaching Award. He also has over a decade of professional experience in information systems.

Honors and Awards: 2007 Outstanding Teaching Award