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Tung-Hui Hu


Dissertation: “Seeing Emptiness: Berlin, Nevada, and the Space of New Media”

Associate Professor of English, University of Michigan

Tung-Hui Hu


Tung-Hui Hu is a writer and a scholar of digital culture. He earned his PhD in Rhetoric – Film Studies at UC Berkeley in 2009 and joined the Michigan Society of Fellows at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor later that year. He is currently an Associate Professor of English at the University of Michigan and a faculty member in the Helen Zell Writers’ Program, 

As an academic, Hu is the author of A Prehistory of the Cloud (MIT Press, 2015), which The New Yorker described as “mesmerizing… absorbing [in] its playful speculations.” His new book, Digital Lethargy is forthcoming in 2022. His research has been featured on CBS News, BBC Radio 4, Boston Globe, New Scientist, and Art in America, among other venues. As a poet and essayist, Hu has published three collections of poetry, most recently Greenhouses, Lighthouses (Copper Canyon Press, 2013); his poems appear in places such as The New RepublicPloughshares, and the Academy of American Poets’ Poem-a-Day.

Hu has been awarded the Berlin Prize from the American Academy in Berlin, and literature fellowships from the National Endowment of the Arts, MacDowell, Yaddo, and the San Francisco Foundation. He is a member of the editorial board of Afterimage.