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Film and Media Studies Program

Our Founder

Dr. Ina Rae Hark, founder of the Film and Media Studies major at the University of South Carolina and beloved professor, retired from teaching in 2009 after an academic career marked by original scholarship on popular media culture.

Distinguished Professor Emeritus

Dr. Hark received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1975. Her areas of specialization included Hollywood Cinema, masculinity, and film genre. 

Hark is editor or co-editor of Screening the Male; The Road Movie Book; Exhibition, the Film Reader; and Screen Decades: the 1930s. She has written more than thirty articles and chapters in media studies, on topics ranging from Hitchcock to Star Trek

To honor Dr. Hark’s legacy, we created the Ina Rae Hark Award in 2015 to recognize a rising senior in Film and Media Studies with a strong academic record who has demonstrated outstanding scholarly engagement. The first recipient of the Ina Rae Hark Award was Sara Emory Cannon, an exceptional student who is expertly combining her studies in media history with media production.