William is a Washington, DC native who began working in video and theatre in his late teens. He received his BA in Radio/Television from the George Washington University (GWU), and his MS in Broadcasting & Semiotics from the College of Communication at Boston University (BU). In 2006 William completed his Ph.D. in Media Philosophy from the European Graduate School (EGS) with the dissertation “Media Simulations: An Epistemology of Hoax & Paradox”
Along with consulting, writing and lecturing, William Hanff is currently an Assistant Professor of Mass Media at the University of the District of Columbia (UDC). He is also the Program Coordinator for UDC’s Video Production Concentration involved in upgrading both facilities and curriculum to address the diverse and rapidly changing needs of a creative-class workforce and 21st century journalists.
In his professional capacity, William specializes in non-profit communications and ‘inside-the-beltway’ style productions – keeping a light-hearted irony in an otherwise serious realm. William remains active in theatre and documentary film production, and draws upon theatricality in all of his productions.
Among the clients William has worked with are; the International Association of Amusement Parks & Attractions (IAAPA), the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA), SCENA Theatre, the Wooly Mammoth Theatre Co., and the American Public Transportation Association (APTA).