Jennifer Holt

University of California, Santa Barbara



Jennifer Holt is Associate Professor of Film and Media Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara and a Fellow with the Center for Democracy & Technology in Washington, D.C. She is a superfan of the Chicago Cubs and Bruce Springsteen, and her interest in piracy goes all the way back to its role in the origins of universal jurisdiction. She is the author of Empires of Entertainment and co-editor of Distribution Revolution; Connected Viewing: Selling, Streaming & Sharing Media in the Digital Age; and Media Industries: History, Theory, Method. Her work has appeared in journals and anthologies such as Cinema Journal, Journal of Information Policy, Moving Data, and Signal Traffic: Critical Studies of Media Infrastructures. She is also a co-founder of the Media Industries journal. Her current book project, Cloud Policy: Regulating Digital Freedom, is a legal and cultural history of digital media infrastructure policy related to pipelines, platforms, and data.

Find her publications at local bookstores.

Read some recent articles by Holt:

“Regulating the Cloud and Defining Digital Markets”Media Fields Journal


Connected Viewing Initiative / Media Industries Project


“Data Troubles: Digital Distribution in the Platform Economy” / On_Culture