Department: Cinema and Television Arts
Degree: Ph.D. Brown University
MA Brown University
BA Stanford University
Degree Area: Modern Culture and Media, Radio-TV-Film
Teaching Area: Brown University
Professor Hargraves teaches contemporary American television studies in the Department of Cinema and Television Arts, including courses such as 302 (Critical Studies: Television), 305 (Diversity in Television), 363 (American Television, 1980-Present), and 366T (TV Genres); he is also an affiliated faculty member in the Queer Studies Minor. His research interests include television history and theory, smartphone culture, affect studies, and popular cultural studies engaging with questions of race, gender, and sexuality. He has published in journals such as Camera Obscura, Television & New Media, and in the anthology A Companion to Reality Television . He is currently finishing a manuscript entitled Viscerally Uncomfortable Television , which asks why spectators of contemporary American television derive pleasure from stories that are designed to provoke feelings of discomfort and disgust. He received his PhD from Brown University’s Department of Modern Culture and Media in 2015.