Andrew Ventimiglia

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Dr. Andrew Ventimiglia is an Assistant Professor of Mass Media with a specialization in media law and ethics in the School of Communication at Illinois State University. His research focuses on the history and cultural effects of intellectual property law. His first book, Copyrighting God: Ownership of the Sacred in American Religion was published by Cambridge University Press in 2019. He was formerly a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the TC Beirne School of Law at University of Queensland. He was awarded his PhD in Cultural Studies from University of California – Davis in 2015, during which he conducted research into the intersection of religion and intellectual property law in the American spiritual marketplace. While at UC Davis, Dr. Ventimiglia also worked at the Center for Science and Innovation Studies and the Science and Technology Studies program. Dr. Ventimiglia additionally holds a Master of Arts in Cinema Studies and a Certificate from the Culture and Media Program from New York University.

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

"Demanding the Angels' Share: Intellectual Property, Emerging Religions, and the Spirit of the Work," Cultural Critique (Fall, 2018).

"A Market in Prophecy: Secularism, Law, and the Economy of American Religious Publishing," Journal of the American Academy of Religion (November, 2016).

"The Interface is the Message," Review of Lori Emerson, Reading Writing Interfaces: From the Digital to the Bookbound. Reviews in Cultural Theory (June 15, 2016).

"A Course in Miracles," Frequencies, A Collaborative Genealogy of Spirituality (December 14, 2011).


Spirited Possessions: Media and Intellectual Property in the American Spiritual Marketplace (2015)

Media Projects:

Davis Feminist Film Festival: Director (2012-13)

Dream Theater: Thesis Documentary, Program in Cultural and Media, New York University (2006)


Teaching Experience


Media Studies:

Fall/Spring 2019: Media Law, Ethics, and Policy Illinois State University

Spring 2019: Ethical Problems in Mass Media Illinois State University


American Studies:

Spring 2016: Images of Americans in Popular Culture at University of California, Davis [syllabus]

Winter 2016: Technology in American Lives at University of California, Davis [syllabus]

Summer 2014: American Popular Culture at University of California, Davis [syllabus]

Fall 2012: Ritual and Symbol in American Life at University of California, Davis [syllabus]


Religious Studies:

Winter 2016: Contemporary Christianity at University of California, Davis [syllabus]

Fall 2011: Comparative Religion, Prison University Project at San Quentin Correctional Facility [syllabus]

Other courses: Religion in American Life [syllabus]


Film Studies:

Winter 2010 / Winter 2011: Feminism, Film, and Curation at University of California, Davis [syllabus]