Dr. Jennifer Porst's primary research interests include historical and contemporary media industries, and media law and policy. Her work has been published in the anthology Hollywood and the Law from BFI, as well as the journals Film History, Studies in French Cinema, In Media Res, and Mediascape. Her book Broadcasting Hollywood: Disruption, Convergence, and Feature Films on Early TV is forthcoming from Rutgers University Press.
Her experience in the media industry includes working in the Dallas area on productions like the critically acclaimed PBS seriesWishbone; working as assistant to producer Ted Hope at independent film company GoodMachine; and working as assistant to producer Vince Landay and director Spike Jonze on music videos, commercials, television shows, and feature projects includingAdaptation (2003).
Before joining the faculty at UNT, Dr. Porst taught courses including Media Convergence, Media History, Media Criticism and Theory, and Women in Hollywood at UCLA, California State University at Long Beach, and Emerson College. At UNT, she teaches in the areas of industry studies and critical studies, including topics such as media law and regulation, and HBO.
She earned her B.A. in Communications and Theatre with a concentration in film production from the University of Notre Dame; a MSEd in Secondary English from Northwestern University; and a M.A. and a Ph.D. in Cinema and Media Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles.