Virginia Kuhn is the Associate Director in charge of the Honors in Multimedia Scholarship program at the Institute for Multimedia Literacy at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts. Her current work centers on the ways in which the affordances of digital media impact thought, discourse and expression in a highly mediated world. Kuhn’s research interests include digital rhetoric, visual literacy and critical multiculturalism, particularly as they bear on the ethical implications of a global society and large-scale literacy.
Kuhn joined USC in 2005 after successfully defending one of the first all-digital dissertations in the country, challenging archiving and copyright conventions. Her dissertation was created in TK3, an electronic book platform that is the precursor to the USC-based, open source multimedia-authoring program, Sophie. Before joining USC, she taught in departments of Film, English, and Cultural Studies and she spent three years as a writing program administrator at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Her work can be found in Kairos, ebr, Pre/Text and Academic Commons.