Jacob Mertens

Media and Cultural Studies

Teaching Assistant

jmertens2@wisc.edu

608-265-4856

2151 Vilas Hall

Jacob Mertens

Office Hours:

  • Zoom Call by Appointment

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 cultures and online distribution practices in the cultural industries. 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.

Education

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

Honors/Awards

  • Summer Graduate School Fellowship, University of Wisconsin-Madisoin, 2021
  • Charles Chester Pearce Award for Scholarship in Rhetoric, Communication of Arts Department, 2020
  • Department Nominee for Dana-Allen Dissertation Scholarship, Communication of Arts Department, 2020
  • Department Nominee for L&S Teaching Fellow Award, Communication of Arts Department, 2019
  • Graduate School Fellowship, University of Wisconsin-Madision, 2019
  • Robert J. Wickhem Award for Excellence in Teaching Media Production, Communication of Arts Department, 2018

Courses

  • CA 351 – Television Industries
  • CA 346 – Critical Internet Studies
  • CA 355 – Introduction to Media Production
  • CA 155 – Introduction to Digital Media Production
  • CA 100 – Introduction to Speech Composition
  • CA 346 – Critical Internet Studies [Reader]
  • CA 449 – Sound Cultures: Podcasting and Music [Reader]
  • CA 547 – Digital Game Cultures [Reader]

Peer-Reviewed Publications

“Broken Games and the Perpetual Update Culture: Revising Failure with Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed Unity,” Games and Culture, 2021, DOI: 10.1177/15554120211017044

Podcasting the Donald Sterling Scandal: The Prismatic Perspective of the PodcastRE Database,” Saving New Sounds: Podcast Preservation and Historiography, eds. Jeremy Wade Morris and Eric Hoyt, Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2021.

Drifting Voices: Studying Emotion and Pitch in Podcasting with Digital Tools,” co-written with: Eric Hoyt and Jeremy Wade Morris, Saving New Sounds: Podcast Preservation and Historiography, eds. Jeremy Wade Morris and Eric Hoyt, Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2021.

PodcastRE Analytics: Using RSS to Study the Cultures and Norms of Podcasting,” co-written with: Eric Hoyt, JJ Bersch, Susan Noh, Samuel Hansen, and Jeremy Wade Morris, Digital Humanities Quarterly 15.1 2021.

Service and Other Research Work

  • Media History Digitization Project, Research Assistant, Summer 2019 and Summer 2020
  • 70th International Communication Association Conference | Reviewer, 2020
  • The Velvet Light Trap: Film and Media Journal, Coordinating Editor and University of Texas Liason, 2018-2019
  • Graduate Student Organization – Communication of Arts Department | Executive Board Member, 2018-2019
  • PodcastRE Database, Research Assisstant, Summer 2018
  • The Velvet Light Trap: Film and Media Journal, Editorial Board Member, 2014-Present