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Evan Michael Hughes

Assistant Professor of Cinema Practice
Interim Assistant Dean of Diversity and Inclusion
Media Arts + Practice Division

Affiliated Divisions:

Media Arts + Practice Division

Email: ehughes@cinema.usc.edu
Work Phone: 213.821.5796
Office: SCI 101Q

Evan Hughes is the Interim Assistant Dean of Diversity and Inclusion for the USC School of Cinematic Arts (SCA). He oversees SCA diversity and inclusion initiatives, including the Council for Diversity and Inclusion, the school’s Graduate Diversity Labs and the First Gen program, which provides resources for first generation college students. He is the SCA liaison to the Arts Schools Council for Equity and Inclusion (ASCEI), which works with other arts schools at USC to promote diversity, equity and inclusion in the arts.

Evan is also faculty in the division of Media Arts + Practice. He teaches theory/practice courses that incorporate critical theory into media production. One such class, Media Arts + Practice Studio, is a year-long sequence designed to introduce MA+P students to cultural theory and critical media literacies while producing video, interactive and code-based media projects. Evan also regularly teaches Remixing the Archive, in which students work with archives to produce documentaries around issues such as racism and social justice, environmental activism, LGBTQ+ rights and HIV/AIDS stigma. Evan has worked with USC faculty in many departments and Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) K-12 teachers to help implement media projects into their curricula. His current research is focused on critical posthumanism, emphasizing intersections of race, sexuality, embodiment and digital media. Evan is also actively engaged in developing pedagogy around respect for difference and inclusion of diverse communities and identities, including race and ethnicity, gender identity and gender expression, sexual orientation, visible and invisible disabilities, socioeconomic status, country of origin, veteran status, religious practice, and political ideology.