Aymar Jean "AJ" Christian is an associate professor of communication studies at Northwestern University. His first book, Open TV: Innovation Beyond Hollywood and the Rise of Web Television on New York University Press, argues the web brought innovation to television by opening development to independent producers. His work has been published in numerous academic journals and conferences. He has juried television and video for the Peabody Awards, Gotham Awards, and Tribeca Film Festival, among others. His grant writing has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for his research, community and Chicago artists.