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Dr. Katherine Hepworth is an Assistant Professor of Visual Journalism at the Reynolds School of Journalism, University of Nevada, Reno.
During her PhD, Dr. Katherine Hepworth developed a method for utilizing graphic design artifacts as key evidence in political histories. To test this method, she wrote a history of governance in Victoria, from settlement to the present day, using local government logos, crests and seals from around the state as primary source material. Her research highlights the political and ideological significance of material culture. Dr. Hepworth’s Discursive Method provides a framework for future generations of historians to examine the political and ideological significance advertising, branding and other designed materials over time.
Katherine Hepworth earned her PhD from Swinburne University of Technology in Australia. Her research focuses on the influence of design on political power.
Her PhD research focused on studying the relationship between broad socio-political trends and the public positioning of corporations, governments and individuals.
Katherine Hepworth presented part of her research at the College Art Association's 101st annual conference in New York this past February. This is the largest art and design history conference in North America. While there she spoke about in-depth methodological issues related to studying visual material.
“My position at the Reynolds School is, for me, the culmination of over a decade of hard work,” she said. “With its growing focus on strategic communication, The Reynolds School is a great fit for my educational background, professional experience and area of research.”
Read more about Katherine Hepworth's research at her website.
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