Michael Z. Newman

Michael Z. Newman

Associate Professor and Chair

572 Bolton Hall
Vita (pdf)



Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison
M.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison
B.A., McGill University

Courses Taught:

JAMS 101: Introduction to Mass Media - Syllabus
JAMS 262: Principles of Media Studies - Syllabus
JAMS 562: Media Studies and Culture - Syllabus
JAMS 860: Indie Culture - Syllabus
JAMS 860: New Media - Syllabus
JAMS 860: Video Games - Syllabus

Research Interests:

American cinema, television, and video games; media history, theory, and criticism.

Teaching Areas:

Media studies

Selected Publications:

Video Revolutions: On the History of a Medium (Columbia UP, 2014)

Legitimating Television: Media Convergence and Cultural Status (Routledge, 2012), co-authored with Elana Levine.

Indie: An American Film Culture (Columbia UP, 2011)

“Say ‘PulpFiction’ One More Goddamn Time: Quotation Culture and an Internet-AgeClassic,” New Review of Film and Television Studies, published online before print, 2013.

“Free TV: File-Sharing and the Value of Television,” Television & New Media 13.6 (November 2012), 463-479.

“New Media, Young Audiences, and Discourses of Attention: From Sesame Street to ‘Snack Culture,’” Media, Culture & Society 32.4 (July 2010), 581-596.

“Indie Culture: In Pursuit of the Authentic Autonomous Alternative,” Cinema Journal 48.3 (Spring 2009), 16-34.

Ze Frank and the Poetics of Web Video,” First Monday 13.5 (May 2008).

“From Beats to Arcs: Toward a Poetics of Television Narrative,” The Velvet Light Trap 58 (Fall 2006), 16-28.