Justin Wyatt

  • Associate Director and Associate Professor, Harrington School
  • Communication Studies, Film/Media
  • Phone: 401.874.9414
  • Email: justinw@uri.edu
  • Office Location: Davis Hall, Rm 105B


Justin Wyatt is associate director of the Harrington School of Communication and Media and associate professor in Communication Studies and Film/Media.

Wyatt comes to URI from working in the media industries for such companies as NBCUniversal, Viacom and the ABC TV Network. He was responsible for leading primary research initiatives for such networks as E!, CMT, Style Network, G4, FEARnet, and selected digital properties.

Prior to his years in television and media research, Wyatt was an Associate Professor & Director of Graduate Studies at the University of Arizona, Department of Media Arts. He was born in the United Kingdom and raised in Canada. He became a citizen of the USA in 2002.


Media industries; Media Market Research & Methodologies; Production Studies; Textual Analysis; Reception Studies; LGBTQ Media


  • Ph.D and M.A., Film and Television, University of California, Los Angeles
  • B.A., Economics, University of British Columbia

Selected Publications

“Appreciating the Costs and Benefits of Media Market Research in the Digital Era,” The Routledge Companion to Media Industries, edited by Paul Macdonald. London: Routledge, forthcoming.

Nashville (1975): Bicentennial America and Post-Classical Cinema,” Screening American Cinema, edited by Gary Needham. London: Routledge, forthcoming.

Refocus: On the Later Films and Legacy of Robert Altman. Co-edited with Lisa Dombrowski. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press. In Press.

“On the Limits of Nostalgia: Understanding the Marketplace for Remaking and Rebooting the Hollywood Musical,” Was It Yesterday? Nostalgia in Contemporary Film and Television, edited by Matthew Leggatt. Albany: State University of New York Press, 2021.

“United Artists, Fourth Quarter 1980: The Rhetoric of Hollywood Failure & Success,” United Artists, editors Tino Balio, Peter Kramer, Gary Needham and Yannis Tzioumakis. London: Routledge, 2020.

Ian Reyes and Justin Wyatt (2019) “On the Banality of Transnational Film,” Markets, Globalization & Development Review: Vol. 4: No. 3, Article 2. DOI: 10.23860/MGDR-2019-04-03-02 Available at: https://digitalcommons.uri.edu/mgdr/vol4/iss3/2https://digitalcommons.uri.edu/mgdr/vol4/iss3/2

“The Life Cycle of Transparent,” Alphaville: Journal of Film and Screen Media, no. 16, Winter 2018, pp. 80-96. www.alphavillejournal.com/Issue16/ArticleWyatt.pdf

“Starting from Scratch,” Review of The Marketplace of Attention: How Audiences Take Shape in a Digital Era, by James G. Webster. Reviews in Cultural Theory (reviewsinculture.com).  Issue 8.1 (December 2018). http://reviewsinculture.com/2018/12/31/starting-from-scratch/

The Virgin Suicides: Reverie, Sorrow and Young Love. Series: Cinema and Youth Cultures, eds. Yannis Tzioumakis and Sian Lincoln.  New York and London: Routledge, 2018.

“:30 Spot on Life Support? Considering Media Advertising Options” Flow, Special Issue on Digital Promotion. Vol. 24, no. 4 (January 2018). http://www.flowjournal.org/2018/01/30-spot-on-life-support/

 “Bridging Commerce and Classification through the American Art Film: The Case of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” The Hollywood Renaissance at 50, editors, Peter Kramer and Yannis Tzioumakis.  London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2018, pp.1-18.

“Donald Rugoff, Cinema V and Commercial Strategies of 1960s-1970s Art Cinema” Media Industries (mediaindustriesjournal.org) Vol. 4, no. 1 (Summer 2017).