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Professor of Film & Media Culture, Middlebury

Jason Mittell is Professor of Film & Media Culture and American Studies at Middlebury College in Vermont. 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), and and the co-editor of How to Watch Television (NYU Press, 2013). He maintains the blog Just TV, and is project manager for [in]Transition: Journal of Videographic Film & Moving Image Studies.

His research interests include television history and criticism, media and cultural history, videographic criticism, genre theory, narratology, animation and children’s media, videogames, and new media studies & technological convergence.


  • –present
    Professor of Film & Media Culture, Middlebury College


  • 2000 
    University of Wisconsin - Madison, Ph.D. in Media & Cultural Studies