Collin Hawley

Collin Hawley

Collin Hawley

Graduate Teaching Assistant

photography, gender and sexuality, alienation, power, and subject formations

Collin Hawley holds a Bachelor of Arts in photography and film studies as well as a Master of Arts in humanities with a concentration in cultural studies from Milligan University in Johnson City, TN. His research draws from his practical experience as an analog photographer and examines the power of visual technologies at the intersection of gender, sexuality, and subject formation. Currently he is a doctoral student in George Mason’s cultural studies program.

Selected Publications

"The “Problem” of Black Skin: The Naturalization of Technological Racial Bias through the Discourse of Adobe Lightroom Presets and Wedding Photography." Velvet Light Trap (Spring 2024 Issue 93) University of Texas Press, Austin, TX (29-39).

"Review of Warring Visions: Photography and Vietnam by Thy Phu (Duke University Press)" Lateral (Spring 2023 Issue 12.1)

Courses Taught

HNRS 110: Fundamentals of Research and Inquiry
HNRS 122: Visual Culture and Cosmic Horror

Undergraduate Research Mentored

"Privacy Concerns vs. Product Desires: Unpacking Big Tech and the User Dilemma." Mercy Wolverton (2024).

"Palestinians Worldwide: The Global Narrative." Ayham Elayan (2023).


MA - Humanities, Milligan University

BA - Fine Art, Film Studies and Photography, Milligan University

Recent Presentations

Presenter, "'Don’t Give Up Skeleton!' Deconstructing and Reconstructing Video Game Entertainment in “Soulsborne” Speed and Challenge Run Twitch Streams." Conclusions, Cultural Studies Association, George Mason University, June 2nd, 2023.

Presenter, "Longing and Belonging: Anxiety and Absence in Domestic Photography." Designing the Self, HUGSA, York University, July 29, 2020.