William Husson

Ph.D., Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Teaching and Research Area: Mass Communication
Office: SS 363
Phone: (518) 442-4872
Fax: (518) 442-3884
E-mail: whusson@albany.edu

Curriculum Vitae (pdf)

Research Interests

My research interests fall within the area of visual communication. One project I am currently working on involves exploring Erving Goffman's ideas about
the use of interaction displays in advertising photographs. I am critically evaluating
how such displays communicate information about the relationship between the
social actors depicted in these photographs. I am also working on two projects
related to film. In one project, I am examining the relationship between face work
and interpersonal conflict as these phenomena are depicted in a documentary film
by Frederick Wiseman. In another project, I am investigating narrative reflexivity
(i.e., a film's calling attention to the fact that it is telling a story) in movie westerns
and crime films. I am specifically interested in how narrative reflexitivity is used
to render moral judgments about gun violence in these genres.