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Julia Hildebrand joins Mobilities Center as RA

November 24, 2014


Julia M. HildebrandJulia M. Hildebrand is a doctoral student in Communication, Culture, and Media and Communication and has joined the Mobilities Center as a Research Assistant on the project “The Imaginary of Rail Transport and Mobility in the United States.” Julia will be assisting Dr. Mimi Sheller in conducting interviews with decision makers involved in planning for the future of the Northeast Corridor. This study is exploring the role of the “imaginaries” of decision-makers in choices relative to the train and rail infrastructures. In other words, what motivates decisions with regard to championing trains or using trains both in and of themselves, and within the context of the future of transportation as a whole? Supported by the Forum Vies Mobiles, a French research institute focused on the future of transportation around the world, the American study will examine the development and future vision of high speed rail on the East Coast, in the Midwest, and on the West Coast. Other research teams are involved in the project in France, South Africa, India, and potentially China, ultimately resulting in a large-scale comparative study of the future of rail transport around the world.

Hildebrand, earned her BA in American Studies with a double minor in Media Studies and Intercultural Communication at the University of Regensburg, Germany. During her MA degree in Comparative Media at the same institution, she drew on experiences from two study abroad semesters to explore research and education in Communication and Media at the Hawai’i Pacific University and Ateneo de Manila University. For her Master’s thesis, she analyzed the shift in the perception of space and mobility in paradigmatic film and video projects about everyday life on Earth.