Associate Department Chair, Director of Media Studies Area
Alisa Perren is an associate professor in the Department of Radio-TV-Film at the University of Texas at Austin. Her research and teaching interests include television studies, media industry studies, US film and television history, and media convergence.
Dr. Perren is co-editor of Media Industries: History, Theory, and Method (Blackwell, 2009) and author of Indie, Inc.: Miramax and the Transformation of Hollywood in the 1990s (University of Texas Press, 2012). Her work has appeared in a range of publications, including Film Quarterly, Journal of Film and Video, Journal of Popular Film & Television, Cinema Journal, Managing Media Work, and Moving Data. Her current book project is The American Comic Book Industry and Hollywood, co-authored with Gregory Steirer for BFI’s International Screen Industries series.
From 2010 to 2013, Perren served as Coordinating Editor for In Media Res, an online project experimenting with collaborative, multi-modal forms of scholarship. She is co-founder and a member of the editorial collective for Media Industries, an online, peer-reviewed, open-access journal. She also served as co-managing editor for Media Industries from 2012 to 2017. Perren is the organizer of Media Industry Conversations, a speakers series through which industry professionals discuss today’s evolving media landscape.
Some of her research as well as sample syllabi can be viewed here.