Aymar Jean Christian

Aymar (A.J.) Christian (@drajchristian) is an associate professor of communication studies at Northwestern University and a Fellow at the Peabody Media Center. Dr. Christian’s 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 leads Open TV (beta), a research project and platform for television by queer, trans and cis-women and artists of color. Open TV (beta) 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. He has juried television and video for the Peabody Awards, Gotham Awards, Streamy Awards, and Tribeca Film Festival, among others. His 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 and BA from the University of Michigan.

Selected Publications:
  1. Christian, A. J. (2020). Beyond branding: The value of intersectionality on streaming TV channels. Television & New Media, 21(5), 457–474.
  2. Christian, A. J. (2018). Open TV: Innovation beyond Hollywood and the rise of web television. New York: New York University Press.
  3. Christian, A. J. (2017). The value of representation: toward a critique of networked television performance. International Journal of Communication, 11, 1552–1574.
  4. Day, F., & Christian, A. J. (2017). Locating black queer TV: fans, producers, and networked publics on YouTube. Transformative Works and Cultures, 24.
  5. Christian, A. J. (2016). Video stars: Marketing queer performance in networked television. In S. U. Noble & B. M. Tynes (Eds.), The intersectional internet: Race, sex, class, and culture online (pp. 95-113). New York: Peter Lang.
  6. Christian, A. J., & White, K. C. (2016). One man Hollywood: The decline of black creative production in post-network television. In T. M. Russworm, S. N. Sheppard, & K. M. Bowdre (Eds.), From Madea to Media Mogul: Theorizing Tyler Perry (pp. 138-158). Jackson, MS: University Press of Mississippi.
  7. Christian, A. J. (2014). Indie TV: Innovation in series development. In J. Bennett & N. Strange (Eds.), Media independence: Working with freedom or working for free? (pp. 159-181). New York: Routledge.