Dale Hudson teaches film and new media studies at New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD). His research examines film and digital media through transnational and postcolonial frameworks, linking film and digital media to political economy and bringing film and digital theory in dialogue with critical race and animal studies. In particular, his research focuses on media in relation to migration, racialization, globalization, citizenship, labor recruitment, and surveillance
He is co-author with Patricia R. Zimmermann (Ithaca College) of Thinking through Digital Media: Transnational Environments and Locative Places (2015), which examines more than 130 projects that think through digital media, migrating between documentary, experimental, narrative, animation, video game, and live performance across some of the most dynamic, innovative sites for digital media, including Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Kenya, Nigeria, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, and the United States.
His other work appears in journal such as American Quarterly, Cinema Journal, French Cultural Studies, Journal of Film and Video, Screen, Studies in Documentary Film, and elsewhere, and his reviews in Afterimage, African Studies Review, and Jadaliyya.
He is a digital curator for the Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival (FLEFF), where he has curated Distributed Microtopias in association with EngageMedia, Indonesia (2012) and Viral Dissonance (2014) and Iterations of Habitats (2015) with the assistance of Claudia Costa Peterson. With Sharon Lin Tay, he co-curated Undisclosed Recipients (2007), ubuntu.kuqala (2008), sticky-content (2009), Map Open Space (2010), Digital Checkpoints (2011), and Trafficked Identities in association with the Global Alliance Against the Trafficking of Women, Thailand (2011).
He also programs films from the MENASA regions for the NYUAD Institute, advises on the NYUAD Library special collection of films from festivals in the Gulf, and serves on the pre-selection committee for the Abu Dhabi Film Festival (ADFF).