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Alisa Perren
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Treasurer, Board of Directors, 2020-2023

Biography: Alisa Perren is Associate Professor in the Department of Radio-TV-Film and Co-Director of the Center for Entertainment and Media Industries (CEMI) at the University of Texas at Austin. Her research and teaching interests include media industry studies, television studies, and US film and television history. She is co-founder, member of the editorial collective, and former co-managing editor for the peer-reviewed, open-access journal Media Industries.



Department of Radio-Television-Film

The University of Texas at Austin

2504 Whitis Ave. Stop A0800

Austin, TX 78712-1067


Office phone: 512.471.1524


Twitter: @aperren


PhD, Radio-Television-Film, University of Texas at Austin

MA, Radio-Television-Film, University of Texas at Austin

BA, English, UCLA

Other activities:

Coordinator, Media Industry Conversations speaker series
Former co-chair of the Media Industries SIG

Former Coordinating Editor of In Media Res

Selected Publications:

The American Comic Book Industry and Hollywood. London: Bloomsbury, forthcoming (spring 2021). Co-authored with Greg Steirer.

“Media Industries: A Decade in Review,” in Making Media: Production, Practices, and Professions, eds. Mark Deuze and Mirjam Prenger. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2019, 31-44. Co-authored with Jennifer Holt.

“El Rey: Latino Indie Auteur as Channel Identity,” From Networks to Netflix: A Guide to Changing Channels, ed. Derek Johnson. New York: Routledge, 2018, 229-241.

“The Bigger Picture: Drawing Intersections Between Comics, Fan, and Industry Studies,” The Routledge Companion to Media Fandom, eds. Melissa Click and Suzanne Scott. New York, Routledge, 2018, 309-318. Co-authored with Laura Felschow.

“Theorizing Television’s Writer-Producer: Re-viewing The Producer’s Medium,” Television & New Media 16, no. 1 (January 2015), 86-93. Co-authored with Thomas Schatz.

“The Trick of the Trades: Media Industry Studies and the American Comic Book Industry,” Production Studies, The Sequel!: Cultural Studies of the Global Media Industries, eds. Miranda Banks, Bridget Conor, and Vicki Mayer. New York: Routledge, 2015, 227-237.

“Last Indie Standing: The Special Case of Lionsgate in the New Millennium,” American Independent Cinema: indie, indiewood, and beyond, eds. Yannis Tzioumakis, Geoff King, and Claire Malloy. New York: Routledge, 2013, 108-120.

“Rethinking Distribution for the Future of Media Industry Studies,” Cinema Journal 52, no. 3 (Spring 2013), 165-171.

Indie, Inc.: Miramax and the Transformation of Hollywood in the 1990s. Austin, TX: University of Texas Press, 2012.

Media Industries: History, Theory, and Method. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell, 2009. Co-edited with Jennifer Holt.

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