Assistant Professor Josh Shepperd (University of Wisconsin-Madison) joins CU Boulder in 2020 from Catholic University in Washington D.C. From 2018-2020 Josh was a Fellow at Penn State's Center for Humanities and Information. He is the continuing Sound Fellow of the Library of Congress National Recording Preservation Board, where he organizes and directs the LOC's Radio Preservation Task Force (RPTF).
Josh's scholarship examines how epistemic regimes are conceptualized and structured in archival residuality, discursive emergence and media infrastructures. His research and public humanities work focuses on the parallels between critical media theory and critical intervention in media practice. He's especially interested in how media institutions play a role in the reproduction of ideology through canonization of memory and messaging.
His manuscript Shadow of the New Deal: The Victory of Public Broadcasting is under contact with the University of Illinois Press. The book argues that U.S. public media originated as a grassroots campaign to increase equal access to education through technology during the 1930s. Shadow contributes to contemporary informational, data and policy studies by detailing how New Deal media producers, government agencies,and social justice advocates organized a coalition to negotiate an alternative mass media system under dominant commercial and legislative discourses.
As Sound Fellow at the Library of Congress NRPB, Josh organizes public humanities project collaborations between archival, federal, academic and public sectors. RPTF-affiliated scholars and archivists work together on grants, reports and a big data site, to reclaim omissions in the historical record through the curation of sound data.