Jeremy Morris

Media and Cultural Studies

Associate Professor


6132 Vilas Hall

Professor Jeremy Morris

Expertise and Activities

My research focuses on new media use in everyday life, specifically on the digitization of cultural goods (music, software, books, movies, etc.) and how these are then turned into commodified and sellable objects in various digital formats. What do these new formats (e-Books, mp3’s, streaming video, apps, etc.) mean for the ways we make and use the media we love? I hope my work, with its concern for artists as creators and as entrepreneurs, helps contribute to healthy and vibrant local cultural scenes. I also hope it helps users make better sense of the role new media play in their everyday lives. My recent book focuses on the shared fate of the computing and music industries over the last two decades. Entitled “Selling Digital Music, Formatting Culture”, the project involved case studies of technologies – Winamp, the CD Database, Napster, iTunes, Cloud-based services – that played a key role in the migration of music on CDs to music as digital files on computers and online. While the debate on digital music tends to focus on piracy, I investigated the aesthetic and cultural consequences of digitization and the disruption of our relationship with music’s commodity form. My current research project follows the ongoing digitization of cultural products by looking at the emergence of “app culture”, or, the culture around the production of software applications for mobile media and and a host of other devices. Looking at apps within a longer history of marketing and selling software as a commodity, the project hopes to explore how apps and the practices that surround their production and use have readjusted the economics and industrial structure of software development and shifted our relationship with casual and everyday software.


  • Ph.D. McGill University, 2010
  • M.A. Ryerson/York University, 2005
  • B.S. Queen’s University, 1998


  • UW2020 Discovery Initiative, Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education/WARF, 2017
  • Digital Humanities Advancement Grant (with co-PI Eric Hoyt), National Endowment for the Humanities – Office of the Digital Humanities, 2017
  • Borghesi-Mellon Interdisciplinary Workshop in Sound Studies, University of Wisconsin Madison Center for the Humanities, 2015
  • Post-Doctoral Scholarship, Fonds québécois de la recherche sur la société, 2010
  • Dissertation Grant, Media@McGill, 2009
  • Best Conference Paper Award, IASPM-Canada, 2008
  • Canadian Doctoral Fellowship, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, 2007



  • 2018. Appified: Culture in the Age of Apps (Edited Collection, with Sarah Murray). Ann Arbor: University of Michigan.
  • 2015. Selling Digital Music, Formatting Culture. Berkley: University of California Press.


  • 2018. “Platform Fandom.” The Routledge Companion to Media Fandom, Melissa Click and Suzanne Scott New York: Routledge, 356-364.
  • 2018. “Is it Tuesday: Novelty Apps and Digital Solutionism.” Appified: Culture in the Age of Apps, Jeremy Wade Morris and Sarah Murray Ann Arbor: University of Michigan, 91-101.
  • 2016. “App Music.” Music and Virtuality, Sheila Whiteley and Shara Rambarran Oxford University Press.
  • 2008. “Delegating the Live: Musicians, Machines, and the Loops they Create.” Sonic Mediations: Body, Sound, Technology, Carolyn Birdsall and Anthony Enns Cambridge University Press.


  • CA 346 – Critical Internet Studies
  • CA 449 – Sound Cultures: Podcasting and Music
  • CA 459 – New Media and Society
  • CA 950 – Digital Methodologies
  • CA 950 – Digital Commodities