Julia M. Hildebrand

Assistant Professor of Communication

Brown Hall 147


  • Ph.D. Drexel University
  • M.A. University of Regensburg
  • B.A. University of Regensburg


Julia Hildebrand teaches courses in mass communication and new media. Her research combines critical media studies with mobilities research, focusing especially on mobile technologies and visual communication. When not teaching or researching, she enjoys dancing and traveling.

Recent publications

  • Hildebrand, J. M. (2021). Aerial Play: Drone Medium, Mobility, Communication, and Culture. Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Hildebrand, J. M. & Richmond, J. C. (Eds.) (2021). Gender and Media Ecology: An Invited Special Issue. Explorations in Media Ecology 20:2. doi.org/10.1386/eme_00080_2
  • Hildebrand, J. M. (2021, online first). “What is the message of the robot medium? Considering media ecology and mobilities in critical robotics research.” AI & Society: Journal of Knowledge, Culture and Communicationdoi.org/10.1007/s00146-021-01204-1
  • Zeffiro, A., Hildebrand, J. M., Frith, J., Hjorth, L., McGrane, C., Weiss, A. S., & Goggin, G. (2020). Locative-Media Ethics: A Call for Protocols to Guide Interactions of People, Place, and Technologies. Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, 97(1), 13–29. doi.org/10.1177/1077699019898773
  • Hildebrand, J. M. (2020). “Drone-topia as Method.” Mobilities, 15(1), 25–38. doi.org/10.1080/17450101.2019.1663079
  • Hildebrand, J. M. (2020). “Drone Mobilities and Auto-Technography.” In: Büscher, M., Freudendal-Pedersen, M., Kesselring, S., Grauslund, N. (Eds.), Handbook of Research Methods and Applications for Mobilities (pp. 92–101). Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar.
  • Hildebrand, J. M. & Sheller, M. (2020). “Mobile LIDAR Mediality as Artistic Anti-Environment.” In: Hjorth, L., de Souza e Silva, A., & Lanson, K. (Eds.), The Routledge Companion to Mobile Media Art (pp. 460–481). Routledge.
  • Hildebrand, J. M. (2019). “On Self-Driving Cars as a Technological Sublime.” Techné: Research in Philosophy and Technology, 23(2), 153–173. doi.org/10.5840/techne2019722100
  • Hildebrand, J. M. (2019). “Consumer Drones and Communication on the Fly.” Mobile Media & Communication 7(3), 395–411. doi.org/10.1177/2050157919850603


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