John McMurriaJohn McMurria

Assistant Professor


  • Ph.D., Cinema Studies, New York University, September 2004
  • M.A., Liberal Studies, City University of New York Graduate Center, February 1994
  • B.S., Business, University of Colorado, Boulder, May 1986


John McMurria is interested in constructs of cultural citizenship in media institutions, regulatory arenas, and audiovisual texts with attention to contestations across registers of race, class, gender, sexuality, nation and globalization. He has researched transnational television policies in the European Union, Australia and the US. Recent projects have considered transformations in television culture, including the globalization of reality TV and the emergence of neoliberal forms of citizenship in makeover reality TV. He is currently working on a critical cultural policy history of cable television in the US. This project considers how the emergence of cable television ignited contestations over the cultural value of this new technology, including debates over television’s public/private status and its civic function as a local public service or a national consumer product. He teaches courses on the history of electronic media, television studies and media citizenship.


  • “Citizenship and Media Ownership.” International Encyclopedia of Media Studies Vol.2 Vicki Mayer, eds. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell, 2012. 1-23.
  • ”Pay-for Culture: Television Activism in a Neoliberal Digital Age.” Commodity Activism: Cultural Resistance in Neoliberal Times. Roopali Mukherjee and Sarah Banet-Weiser, eds. New York: New York University Press, 2012. 254-72.
  • “Regulation and the Law: A Critical Cultural Citizenship Approach.” Media Industries: History, Theory and Methods. Jennifer Holt and Alisa Perren, eds. Oxford: Blackwell Publishers, 2009. 171-183.
  • “Global TV Realities: International Markets, Geopolitics, and the Transcultural Contexts of Reality TV.” Reality TV: Remaking Television Culture, 2nd Edition. Susan Murray and Laurie Ouellette, eds. New York: New York University Press, 2009. 179-202. 
  • “Desperate Citizens and Good Samaritans: Neoliberalism and Makeover Reality TV.”Television and New Media 9:4 (2008): 305-332.
  • À la carte Cable Pricing.” Battleground: The Media, Vol 1. Robin Andersen and Jonathan Gray, eds. Westport, CT: Praeger, 2008. 1-5.
  • “Cable Carriage Disputes.” Battleground: The Media, Vol 1. Robin Andersen and Jonathan Gray, eds. Westport, CT: Praeger, 2008. 69-76.
  • “A Taste of Class: Pay-TV and the Commodification of Television in Postwar America.”Cable Visions: Television Beyond Broadcasting. Sarah Banet-Weiser, Cynthia Chris and Anthony Freitas, eds. New York: New York University Press, 2007. 44-65.
  • Co-author, Global Hollywood 2, with Toby Miller, Nitin Govil, Richard Maxwell and Ting Wang. London: British Film Institute/University of California Press, 2005.
  • Chapter 3, “Co-producing Hollywood” translated into Portuguese in Cinema no mundo: Indústria, política e mercado, Estados Unidos Vol. IV. Alessandra Meleiro, eds. São Paulo: Escrituras Editora, 2007. 53-118.
  • “Global Channels” and “The Discovery Networks.” Contemporary World Television. John Sinclair, ed. London: British Film Institute, 2004. 38-41.
  • “Discovery Channel: U.S. Cable Network.” Encyclopedia of Television, 2nd Edition. Horace Newcomb, ed. New York & London: Fitzroy Dearborn, 2004. 725-27.
  • “Long Format TV: Globalization and Network Branding in a Multi-Channel Era.”Quality Popular Television: Cult TV, the Industry and Fans. Mark Jancovich and James Lyons, eds. London: British Film Institute, 2003. 65-87.
  • “Whereto the Cultural Exception? Pay-Television and the Future of European Film Finance.” Film International 1:4 (2003). 30-35. Special issue on the political economy of film.
  • Co-author, Global Hollywood, with Toby Miller, Nitin Govil and Richard Maxwell. London: British Film Institute, 2001 (reprinted 2003); University of California Press, 2001.
  • Translations: Spanish, El Nuevo Hollywood: Del Imperialismo Cultural a las Leyes del Marketing, Trans. Núria Pujol i Valls. Barcelona, Buenos Aires and Mexico City: Ediciones Paidós Ibéricas, 2005; Chinese, Trans. Fun Cheng-Sun. Taipei: Chu Liu Book Company, 2003; Simplified Chinese, Beijung: Hua Xia Publishing House, 2004.
  • Conclusion reprinted as “Conclusion to Global Hollywood” in Creative Industries. John Hartley, ed. Oxford: Blackwell, 2005. 147-56.

Editorials for Antenna, an online forum for media and cultural studies:

Editorials for Flow, an online journal of television and media studies:


  • COSF 175 Television and Citizenship (Winter 2009)
  • COGR 200A Introduction to the Study of Communication as a Social Force (Winter 2009)
  • COSF 175 History of Electronic Media (Fall 2008)