Jason Mittell

Professor of Film and Media Culture

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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), Complex Television: The Poetics of Contemporary Television Storytelling (NYU Press, 2015), and Narrative Theory and ADAPTATION. (Bloomsbury, 2017), co-author with Christian Keathley and Catherine Grant of The Videographic Essay, and the co-editor of How to Watch Television (NYU Press, 2013; second edition, 2020). He maintains the blog Just TV.

His research interests include television history and criticism, media and cultural history, narrative theory, genre theory, videographic criticism, animation and children’s media, videogames, digital humanities, and new media studies & technological convergence. He is Project Manager for [in]Transition, a journal of videographic criticism, and co-leader of the NEH-sponsored digital humanities workshop "Scholarship in Sound & Image" a two-week intensive workshop focused on producing video-based scholarly criticism since 2015. See his CV for more details, his scholarly writings for downloadable content, and his Vimeo page for videographic work.

Television & American Culture

In Fall 2014, Professor Mittell was the founding Faculty Director of Middlebury's Digital Liberal Arts Initiative, a program funded by the Mellon Foundation to expand the use of digital tools and methods across the curriculum and help faculty innovate in their research and creative work.

In the 2011-12 academic year, he was a visiting fellow at the Lichtenberg-Kolleg at the University of Göttingen, Germany, collaborating with colleagues on the Popular Seriality research initiative.


Selected Recent Publications

The Videographic Essay (2019).

Narrative Theory and ADAPTATION. (Bloomsbury, 2017).

Complex TV: The Poetics of Contemporary Television Storytelling (New York University Press, 2015).

Adaptation.’s Anomalies,” [in]Transition 3.1 (March 2016) – videographic essay.

Department of Film and Media Culture

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