Amanda D. Lotz

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Amanda Lotz
Fields Television studies; media studies; Media Industries; Future of Television; Media economics
Institutions University of Michigan,
Denison University,
Washington University in St. Louis
Alma mater DePauw University (B.A., 1996)
Indiana University (M.A., 1997)
University of Texas (Ph.D., 2000)
Doctoral advisor Horace Newcomb
Known for Research in Media Industries, The Future of Television, Economics of Television, Net Neutrality, Television Studies and Gender and the Media

Amanda D. Lotz is an American educator, Television Scholar, and Media Scholar. She is known for her research in television studies, the economics of television and media companies, and also popularizing the terms Network Era, Post-network Era, and the Multi-channel Transition describing the television industry’s transition to cable.[1]

Lotz is Professor of Communication Studies and Screen Arts and Cultures at the University of Michigan. Prior to joining the Communication Studies department at Michigan, she was an Assistant Professor at Denison University and a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at Washington University in St. Louis.

Her areas of research are Media Industries, the Economics of the Television/Cable Industry, Broadband Distributed Media, Television Studies, and Gender and the Media.

She holds a B.A. (Communication) from DePauw University, an M.A. (Telecommunication) from Indiana University, and a Ph.D. in Radio, Television and Film from University of Texas.[2]


Lotz has authored, co-authored or edited six books in addition to many refereed journal articles, book chapters, and conference presentations.[3][4]

Lotz is the author of:

Lotz is co-authored:

  • Understanding Media Industries (with Timothy Havens, Oxford University Press, 2011). A revised, second edition was published in 2016.
  • Television Studies (with Jonathan Gray, Polity, 2011).

And editor of:

  • Beyond Prime Time: Television Programming in the Post-Network Era (Routledge, 2009)

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