Headshot of Hanna Rose Shell
Associate Professor
Department of Cinema Studies & Moving Image Arts

Hanna Rose Shell is an associate professor in the Department of Art & Art History, and in the Department of Cinema Studies & Moving Image Arts, and a faculty affiliate in the Department of History and the Program in Intermedia, Writing, and Performance.  Shell’s latest book, released in 2020 by the University of Chicago Press, is called Shoddy From Devil's Dust to the Renaissance of Rags. It examines recycled textiles as transformative media, providing an innovative and interdisciplinary material history of used clothing and dovetails with a series of experimental documentary shorts and a textile installation in the Czech Republic on the subject of waste, recycling and old clothes. Shell’s previous book Hide and Seek: Camouflage, Photography, and the Media of Reconnaissance, was published by Zone Books in 2012, has since been translated into French (by the Belgian press Zones Sensibles). Hide and Seek has inspired her own and other multimedia works around the world. Shell has published widely in scholarly and popular journals on subjects including taxidermy, waste processing, and the history of chronophotography. She founded, and served as commissioning editor for, the "Beyond Words" section of the journal Technology and Culture, and co-edited DigitalSTS: A Field Guide for Science & Technology Studies (Princeton University Press, 2019).
Her scholarship appears in Journal of Visual Culture, Technology and Culture, Configurations, History and Technology, Bidoun, Technology and Culture, and Cabinet, among other journals.  Her films and media works have appeared worldwide, at art and film venues including The Museum of Modern Art, Anthology Film Archives, the ZKM Center for Art and Media, Machine Project, Slamdance, Black Maria Film and Video Festival, Machine Project, the Zimmerli Art Museum. 

Prior to her coming to Boulder in 2018, she was an associate professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Leo Marx Career Development Chair, and a junior fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows. She also taught previously at the Rhode Island School of Design. Her email address is hanna.shell@colorado.edu and her personal website is hannaroseshell.com