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Dr. Andrew Ventimiglia

Assistant Professor
School of Communication
Fell Hall - FEL 438
Office Hours
Tuesday and Thursday, 1-2
  • About
  • Education
  • Awards & Honors
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I am a media and cultural studies scholar whose research focuses on the history and cultural effects of intellectual property law in the United States.

Current Courses

400.016Independent Study

361.001Mass Media: Law, Policy & Ethics

361.002Mass Media: Law, Policy & Ethics

422.001Proseminar in Communication Philosophy and Theory

Teaching Interests & Areas

Media law and policy, mass media ethics

Ph D Cultural Studies

University of California - Davis
Davis, CA

MA Cinema Studies

New York University
New York, NY

BA Cinema Studies

New York University
New York, NY

Charlotte W. Newcombe Dissertation Fellowship

Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation

Book Review

Ventimiglia, A. Review of "Platforms and Cultural Production". Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media 67.4 (2023): 615-617.
Ventimiglia, A. Review of 'American Secularism: Cultural Contours of Nonreligious Belief Systems'. Reading Religion (2017)
"The Interface is the Message," Reviews in Cultural Theory Vol. 6, No. 1 (2016): 75-80.

Book, Authored

Copyrighting God: Ownership of the Sacred in American Religion. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2019.

Book, Chapter

Ventimiglia, A. Outlaw Artists and Esoteric Media: International Copyright and Alejandro Jodorowsky's Illicit Media Practice. Michael Witte (EDs), ReFocus: The Films of Alejandro Jodorowsky. Edinburgh University Press (2023): 123-139.
Ventimiglia, A. Papal Copyright: Textual Authority and Media Distribution in Pope Francis' Pontificate. Understanding Pope Francis: Message, Medium, and Audience. Lexington Books (2021): 177-194.
"The Angel in the Machine: Divining Legal Authorship in Channeled and Computer Generated Works," in Mediality on Trial: Testing and Contesting Trance and other Media Techniques, edited by Ehler Voss. Berlin: De Gruyter (2020).

Journal Article

Ventimiglia, A. A Name Which to Them is Sacred: Quakers and Religious Trademarks in American Enterprise. Polemos 17.2 (2023): 317-332.
Ventimiglia, A. Cross and Crown TM: Trademarks and the Legal Naming of American Religions. Religion and American Culture 33.2 (2023): 183-219.
Ventimiglia, A., Fish, A., & Jefferson, D. Introduction to the "Spectral Nature of Intellectual Property". Polemos 17.2 (2023): 213-216.
Feller, G., & Ventimiglia, A. VidAngel: Content Filtering Technologies, Religion, and American Copyright Law. Internet Histories 5.1 (2021): 8-29.
Ventimiglia, A. Open Source Religion: Spiritual Software and the Production and Ownership of Religious Data (1955-2010). Information & Culture 56.3 (2021): 279-302.

Critical Interdisciplinary Approaches to Global Intellectual Property. Law and Society Association Conference. Law and Society Association. (2021)
Media Filtering as Religious Worldview: VidAngel and the Emergence of Religious Content Moderation. International Society for Media, Religion, and Culture Conference. (2021)
Faith Brands and the Legal Naming of American Religions. Brand Biographies Workshop. (2020)
Text Mining and the Production and Ownership of Religious Data (1955-2010). Data Then and Now Seminar Series. University of Washington, Seattle. (2020)
The Cross and the Crown: Faith Branding in Christian Science. Intellectual Property Scholars Conference. (2020)
'Deceptions Have Been Practiced’: Food Standards as Geographical Indications in the Missouri and Ohio Wine Industries (1906-1920). Australian IP Scholars Workshop. (2019)
Open Source Religion: The Ownership of Religious Data and its Effects on Communication. National Communication Association Conference. (2019)

Grants & Contracts

A Spiritual Genealogy of Consumer Neuroscience: A Case Study in Communicating Innovation Across Boundaries. School of Communication. Illinois State University. (2020)
"Film Festival Management and Curation: A Hands-On Course for Creating a Local Film Festival in Bloomington-Normal". College of Arts and Sciences Interdisciplinary Initiative Grant Program. Illinois State University. (2020)
"Media Filtering as Religious Worldview: VidAngel and the Emergence of Religious Content Moderation". Lived Religion in the Digital Age Project, St. Louis University. Private. (2020)