Jeremy Morris

Media and Cultural Studies

Associate Professor



6132 Vilas Hall

Professor Jeremy Morris

Current and Future Projects

  • Testing and implementing further design and search refinements to the database.
  • A media history project focused on software that looks at early “apps” from the 1970s and the software catalogs (early “app stores”) that were used to disribute the programs.
  • Research into live-streaming music apps and podcasting apps.

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



  • 2021. Saving New Sounds: Podcast Preservation and Historiography (Edited Collection, with Eric Hoyt). Ann Arbor: University of Michigan. Open Access available here.
  • 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.


  • 2021. “The Spotification of Podcasting” in Saving New Sounds: Dispatches from the PodcastRE Project. Jeremy Wade Morris and Eric Hoyt (eds.). Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press. 208-225.
  • 2021. (with Yizhou Xu). “App Radio: The Reconfiguration of Audible Publics in China through Ximalaya.FM”. Engaging Social Media in China: Platforms, Publics, and Production (US–China Relations in the Age of Globalization). Guobin Yang and Wei Wang (eds.). Michigan: Michigan State Press.
  • 2019. “Hearing the Past: The Sonic Web from MIDI to Music Streaming” in The SAGE Handbook of Web History. Niels Brugger and Ian Milligan (eds.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications. 491-504.
  • 2018. “Platform Fandom.” The Routledge Companion to Media Fandom, Melissa Click and Suzanne Scott New York: Routledge, 356-364.
  • 2018. “Introduction” in Appified: Culture in the Age of Apps. Jeremy Wade Morris and Sarah Murray, eds. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press. 1-19.
  • 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