Dr. Andrew Bottomley, assistant professor of Media Studies in SUNY Oneonta’s Department of Communication & Media, is the recipient of the 2018 Dissertation Award from the Society of Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS). The award honors Dr. Bottomley’s dissertation, titled Internet Radio: A History of a Medium in Transition, which he completed as partial fulfillment for his Ph.D. in Communication Arts at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in August 2016.
SCMS is the leading scholarly organization in North America dedicated to the humanities-based research and teaching of film, television, radio and related media. The organization encourages excellence in scholarship and pedagogy and fosters critical inquiry into the global, national, and local circulation of these creative endeavors. It represents nearly 3,000 scholars in more than 500 institutions located in 38 nations.
Bestowed upon one recipient each year, this 2018 Dissertation Award honors the outstanding doctoral dissertation completed in the fields of film, television and media studies between August 2016 and July 2017. Criteria for judging include clarity and strength of argumentation, quality and originality of scholarship and research, organization and coherence, prose style, and contribution to the understanding of film, television, or media studies.
Dr. Bottomley will be presented the award during the Awards Ceremony on March 15 at the 2018 SCMS Annual Conference in Toronto, Canada. He is also currently in the process of adapting the dissertation manuscript into a book, “Sound Streams: A Cultural History of Radio-Internet Convergence,” which will be published by the University of Michigan Press in 2019.