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), 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, narratology, animation and children’s media, videogames, and new media studies & technological convergence. 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.


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


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