Jacob Mertens

Media and Cultural Studies

Teaching Assistant



2151 Vilas Hall

Jacob Mertens

Office Hours:

  • Tuesday 2:30-4:00 in the Hamel 38 Computer Suite


Expertise and Activities

Jacob Mertens is a PhD candidate in the Media and Cultural Studies program at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. He studies digital distribution, video games, and translation and localization practices. His dissertation explores the industrial trends and affordances of the video game digital marketplace, tensions between video game producers and their audiences, and the implications of digital revisionism.


  • M.A. Film Studies, University of Wisconsin – Madison, 2016
  • B.A. Film Studies, University of North Carolina – Wilmington, 2012


  • Robert J. Wickhem Award for Excellence in Teaching Media Production, 2018


  • CA 155 – Introduction to Digital Media Production
  • CA 351 – Television Industries
  • CA 355 – Introduction to Media Production
  • CA 449 – Sound Cultures: Podcasting and Music [Reader]
  • CA 547 – Digital Game Cultures [Reader]
  • CA 100 – Introduction to Speech Composition