Aymar Jean Christian

Aymar Jean "AJ" Christian is an associate professor of communication studies at Northwestern University and a Fellow at the Peabody Media Center. His first book, Open TV: Innovation Beyond Hollywood and the Rise of Web Television on New York University Press, argues the web brought innovation to television by opening development to independent producers. His work has been published in numerous academic journals, including The International Journal of Communication, Cinema Journal, Continuum, and Transformative Works and Cultures. He has juried television and video for the Peabody Awards, Gotham Awards, and Tribeca Film Festival, among others. He leads OTV | Open Television, a research project and platform for intersectional television. OTV programs have received recognition from HBO, the Television Academy (Emmy Awards), New York Television Festival, City of Chicago, Streamy Awards, and Independent Filmmaker Project (Gotham Awards). Its programming partners have included the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Art Institute of Chicago, Block Museum of Art, and City of Chicago, along with numerous galleries, community organizations, and universities. Dr. Christian's blog, Televisual, is an archive of over 500 posts chronicling the rise of the web TV market, and he has written regular reports on TV and new media for Indiewire, The Wall Street Journal, Slate, and Tubefilter. He received his PhD from the University of Pennsylvania.


PhD Communication, University of Pennsylvania
MA Communication, University of Pennsylvania
BA American Culture, University of Michigan

Awards and Fellowships

  • Faculty Fellow, Peabody Media Center, 2017-2019
  • Kaplan Institute for the Humanities Fellowship, Northwestern University, 2015-2016
  • Searle Fellowship in Teaching & Learning, Northwestern University, 2014-2015
  • Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship, honorable mention, 2012
  • Mellon Graduate Research Fellowship, 2009-2010
  • Research Fellowship, The Annenberg School for Communication, 2010-2011
  • Fontaine Society Fellowship, University of Pennsylvania, 2007-2012

Aymar Jean Christian

Associate Professor


Communication Studies, Radio/Television/Film


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