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Julia Hildebrand

Julia Hildebrand

Department of Communication
Office: 3201 Arch, Suite 100
Phone: 215.895.2890


  • BA, American Studies, Media Studies, and Intercultural Communication, University of Regensburg, 2009
  • MA, Comparative Media Studies, University of Regensburg, 2013

Research Interests:

  • Intersections of Media and Mobilities
  • Physical/Virtual Travel and Tourism
  • Visual Communication (Film, Video)
  • Digital Technologies and Surveillance


Julia Hildebrand hails from Germany, where she earned her BA in American Studies with a double minor in Media Studies and Intercultural Communication at the University of Regensburg. During her MA degree in Comparative Media Studies at the same institution, she drew on experiences from two study abroad semesters in Communication at the Hawai'i Pacific University and Ateneo de Manila University. For her dissertation, Julia explores the recreational and artistic uses of consumer drones in the United States along with the socio-cultural implications of the aerial technology. Besides teaching courses in Communication, she is currently working as a research assistant at Drexel University’s Center for Mobilities Research and Policy.

Graduate Adviser: Mimi Sheller, PhD

Selected Publications:

  • Hildebrand, J. (2016). “In/between Sublime Self-Driving Cars: Cultures of Connectivity in Depictions of Current Concept Cars.” Paper presented at the 10th European Network for Cinema and Media Studies (NECS) Conference, Potsdam, Germany, July 28 – 30, 2016.
  • Hildebrand, J. & Sheller, M. (2016). “Finding New Narratives for Rail in the US: A Report on the ImagineTrains Workshop with Rail Decision Makers and Thought Leaders.” Paper presented at the Association of American Geographers (AAG) Annual Meeting, San Francisco, March 29 – April 2, 2016.
  • Hildebrand, J. (2015). “Contrasting Depictions of Public and Private Spheres in the Archives de la Planète (1909–1931) and Life in a Day (2011).” Paper presented at the National Communication Association (NCA) 101st Annual Convention Embracing Opportunities, Las Vegas, USA, November 19 – 22, 2015.
  • Hildebrand, J. (2015). “Mobilized and Mediatized: Filmic Depictions of Travel and Transfer at the Beginning of the 20th and 21st Century.” Presented at the GeoMedia 2015 Conference Spaces and Mobilities in Mediatized Worlds, Karlstad, Sweden, May 5 – 8, 2015.
  • Hildebrand, J. (2015). “Dreams of Chaos: The Cinematic Space in Cinema Paradiso (1988) and Inglourious Basterds (2009).” Presented at the Popular Culture Association/ American Culture Association 2015 Annual Conference, New Orleans, USA, April 1 – 4, 2015.