Associate Professor, Department Chair

Jennifer Holt

Office Hours

By appointment only – Fall, 2020


Jennifer Holt is Associate Professor of Film and Media Studies and a Fellow with the Center for Democracy & Technology in Washington, D.C. Her courses at UCSB include Media Criticism, Media Historiography, Television History, Media Industries, and The Future of Media.

She is the author of Empires of Entertainment and the co-editor of Distribution RevolutionConnected Viewing: Selling, Streaming & Sharing Media in the Digital Age; and Media Industries: History, Theory, Method. Her work has appeared in journals and anthologies including Cinema Journal, Journal of Information PolicyMoving Data, and Signal Traffic: Critical Studies of Media Infrastructures. She is also a co-founder of the Media Industries journal.

Jennifer has consulted for Warner Bros. Home Entertainment and presented research to the Federal Communications Commission in Washington, D.C. She has lectured widely on topics related to digital media and policy across the US, as well as in Australia, Canada, the Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Finland, France, Italy, Lebanon, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, and Turkey. Her current book project, Cloud Policy: Regulating Digital Freedom is a legal and cultural history of infrastructure policies related to digital media distribution, storage, and access.

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  • PhD Critical Studies of Film, Television, and Digital MediaUCLA
  • MA Critical and Cultural Studies of Film and TelevisionUniversity of Texas at Austin
  • BS Broadcast JournalismUniversity of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign


101E: History of Electronic Media: From Network to Digital Television


Jennifer Holt


Spring 2019

Research Interests

242: Cloud Infrastructure W23


Jennifer Holt


Winter 2023