Julian Kilker, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Emerging Technologies

  My research focuses on society and information technologies, particularly in relation to media systems. My recent work has explored visual media and the public understanding of technology, hence the images below.

Julian Kilker at conference.
Julian Kilker responding to questions at Media Convergence conference. Photo: Dana Cretu.


Contact info


Greenspun School of Journalism and Media Studies
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
4505 Maryland Pkwy.
Las Vegas, NV 89154-5007, USA
Office + 1 (702) 895 3729
Fax + 1 (702) 895 5189
kilker at unlv.nevada.edu


Office hours

During the semester: Tues and Thurs 9-10am and 1 - 2:30 pm. For other appointments contact me by e-mail. I am in room 2137 in Greenspun Hall, across Maryland Parkway from Rebel Books.



Our graduate program provides personalized guidance as you pursue advanced coursework relevant to your professional goals. Apply to our program to start in the fall semester. You can also register as a “Non-Degree-Seeking” student to sample graduate-level courses without formally applying. Becoming a graduate student is made more affordable by access to graduate teaching assistantships, scholarships, financial aid, and awards.

Learn more about our program and our students by reading our FAQ brochure, and browsing our graduate students' research on a wide range of media-related topics. UNLV has an active and supportive graduate student organization. For more information, I invite you to talk with the current Graduate Program Coordinator, Dr. Benjamin Burroughs.



HON 410 Who's Watching? Media, privacy, and surveillance
HON 410 The secret lives of technology (students: Login via WebCampus)
JOUR 313 Digital documentary photography

JOUR 435

Research methods (students: Login via WebCampus)

JOUR 450

Media, innovations, and society (students: Login via WebCampus)

JMS 708 Grad colloquium
JMS 712 Grad quantitative research methods
JMS 715 Sci, tech, health communication
JMS 789 Graduate media, privacy, and surveillance

Honors students examine classic game technology design, Pinball Hall of Fame
Honors students examine game technology design during fieldtrip, Pinball Hall of Fame



See a visual summary of my recent work.

Most of my work explores two main areas:

Lifecycle stages of Digital Media Technologies. I'm interested in identifying and analysing key stages of media technologies, specifically development, marketing, modification, and obsolescence. Sample work in this area includes: Networking identity: A case study examining social identity in communication technology development (1999); Shaping convergence media (2003, top paper in ComTech Debut category); the collaborative “Swarm” research of the Consumer Electronics Show (2006); Breaking free: The shaping and resisting of mobility (2007); Digital dirt and the entropic artifact (2009); Deadly and Barren, or Beautiful and Fragile? Exploring the Nighttime Mojave Desert (2012); Annie and the Shaman: Exploring Data via Provocative Artifacts (2016), as well as multiple solo and group visual exhibits.

Public Understanding and Technology Literacy. This research examines social and ethical aspects of mundane and advanced technologies, as well as assessing technological risks in general. Sample work in this area: Dimensions of communication privacy and international computer network design (1995), the co-authored article Examining counter-institutional websites as locations for organizational member voice, dissent, and resistance (2006, winner of the journal's "article of the year" award); Risk education: Teaching (and learning) about technology and uncertainty in society (2007); Visualizing What Happened Near Vegas: Experiences in Photographing a Public History Project (2014); and All About Whom? Stock Photos, Interactive Narratives and How News About Governmental Surveillance Is Visualized (2016).

STEAM (science, tech, eng, arts, and math) recommendations


Battered sign on road frequently used for SUV commercial shoots, Valley of Fire
Worn desert sign, Valley of Fire