Jacob T. Watson

Email:   watsonjt@email.unc.edu
Office:   Swain 214
Website:   https://twitter.com/Jacob_T_Watson


 M.A. English,University of Georgia, 2011

 B.A. English with Philosophy Minor (Magna Cum Laude), University of Georgia, 2009


I am a Ph.D. candidate in 20th century American literature. I'm currently thinking about the discourses surrounding audiovisual technology in the mid-twentieth century as they pertain to the history and prehistory of American broadcast television. My other interests include phenomenology, speculation and speculative fiction after World War II, information theory, and screen archeology. I have taught courses on contemporary literature, film and visual culture. I'm also an avid hiker and obsessive music lover.  


  • Graduate School Dissertation Fellowship, UNC-CH. 2016-17.
  • Eliason Summer Fellowship, UNC-CH. 2016
  • Carol and Edward Smithwick Summer Research Fellowship, UNC-CH. 2016
  • John R. Bittner Award for Outstanding Dissertation in Literature and Media, UNC-CH. 2015
  • Senior Teaching Fellowship, UNC-CH. 2015


  • “Graphic Visualization and the Invention of TV News.” The Society for Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS), Atlanta, Georgia. 2016.
  • “From Visualization to the Visual: World War II and the Birth of the TV Newscast.” Post-45 Graduate Conference, Chapel Hill, North Carolina. 2016.
  • “‘Virulent Madness:’ The Rise of Television as Told by Cinema.” North Eastern Modern Language Association (NEMLA), Toronto, Ontario. 2015.


  • "The Suffusion of the Televisual in The Crying of Lot 49." Style 51.2(2017).