Jason Mittell

Professor of Film & Media Culture and American Studies

Middlebury College

Jason Mittell is Professor of Film & Media Culture and American Studies at Middlebury College. He arrived at Middlebury in 2002 after two years teaching at Georgia State University. He received a B.A. from Oberlin College and a Ph.D. from University of Wisconsin - Madison.

He is the author of Genre and Television: From Cop Shows to Cartoons in American Culture, (Routledge, 2004), Television and American Culture (Oxford University Press, 2010), and Complex Television: The Poetics of Contemporary Television Storytelling (NYU Press, 2015), and and the co-editor of How to Watch Television (NYU Press, 2013). He maintains the blog Just TV.

His research interests include television history and criticism, media and cultural history, genre theory, narrative theory, animation and children’s media, videogames, digital humanities, and new media studies & technological convergence. He was a founding member of the Public Policy Committee for the Society for Cinema & Media Studies, and is actively involved in advocating for fair use rights in education and media. He is Project Manager for [in]Transition, a journal of videographic criticism, and co-lead the NEH-sponsored digital humanities workshop "Scholarship in Sound & Image" in June 2015, focused on producing video-based scholarly criticism.