Jay Blumler (born 1924) is an American-born theorist of communication and media. He is now Emeritus Professor of Public Communication at the University of Leeds, and also Emeritus Professor of Journalism at the University of Maryland, having spent his early academic life largely in the UK.
He was a political science graduate of Antioch College, and a doctoral student from 1947 at the London School of Economics. He taught at Ruskin College, Oxford, before taking a position in Leeds in 1963, as Granada Television Research Fellow.
- Television in Politics: Its Uses and Influences (1968) with Denis McQuail
- The Uses of Mass Communications: Current Perspectives on Gratifications Research (1974) editor with Elihu Katz
- The Challenge of Election Broadcasting. Report of an Enquiry by the Centre for Television Research, University of Leeds (1978) with Michael Gurevitch and Julian Ives
- La télévision fait-elle l'élection?: Une analyse comparative, France, Grande-Bretagne, Belgique (1978) with Alison Ewbank and Claude Geerts
- Communicating to Voters: Television in the First European Parliamentary Elections (1983) editor with Anthony D. Fox
- Research on the Range and Quality of Broadcasting Services. A Report for the Committee on Financing the BBC.(HMSO 1986) with T. J. Nossiter, Malcolm Brynin
- Wired Cities: Shaping the Future of Communications (1987) editor withWilliam H. Dutton and Kenneth L. Kramer
- Broadcasting Finance in Transition: A Comparative Handbook (1991) editor with T. J. Nossiter
- The Formation of Campaign Agendas: A Comparative Analysis of Party and Media Roles in Recent American and British Elections (1991) with Michael Gurevitch, Holli A Semetko, David H. Weaver
- Comparatively Speaking: Communication and Culture across Space and Time (1992) editor with Jack M. McLeod, Karl Erik Rosengren
- Television and the Public Interest: Vulnerable Values in Western European Broadcasting (1992) editor
- The Crisis of Public Communication (1995) with Michael Gurevitch
- Ellis Cashmore and Chris Rojek, Dictionary of Cultural Theorists, 1999, pp. 75-76