Dr. Hume’s research focuses on the history of American journalism as it relates to American culture and public memory. Her latest book Popular Media and the American Revolution: Shaping Collective Memory (New York: Routledge, 2014) considers the relationship between journalism and history in building a national narrative. For her first book Obituaries in American Culture (Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2000), she read more than 8,000 obituaries published in newspapers in New York City, New Orleans, Baltimore, Chicago and San Francisco, along with Niles’ Weekly Register and The National Intelligencer to show what they reveal about changing American values. Dr. Hume’s second book Journalism and a Culture of Grief (Routledge, 2008) was co-authored with Dr. Carolyn Kitch of Temple University and considers the social construction of death in American media. She has also published research in a number of academic journals, including Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly, Journalism History, American Journalism and Journal of Popular Culture.
She has presented papers at conferences of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, American Journalism Historians Association, International Communications Association, Organization for the Study of Communication, Language and Gender, International Society for the Study of Subjectivity and the Symposium on the Antebellum Press, the Civil War and Free Expression.