Media Arts and Studies  

The Media Arts and Studies program at the University of Kentucky is and rightfully should be at the forefront of the rapidly expanding and constantly changing area of media technology. At the University, and on state, national, and international levels, there has never been a time when media technologies and their impact on business, entertainment, and human interaction were more at the forefront of public awareness and discussion.

The Media Arts and Studies program seeks to promote both the study of the means of production and dissemination of digital content, and their ultimate effects on individuals, political communication, civic participation, media organizations,media  policy and practices, and society as a whole. As one of the three majors in the School of Journalism and Telecommunications, the MAS major is most aptly suited to be the leader in the areas of mediated communications theory, production, and management, leading to a greater understanding of the media as organizations that is beneficial for all three majors in the School.


James Hertog

James K. Hertog was awarded his doctorate in Mass Communications from the University of Minnesota in 1990. He received his M.A. in Journalism and Mass Communications from the University of Wisconsin in 1981 and his B.A. in Journalism from the University of Minnesota in 1979.

He has taught at the University of Kentucky since 1989, emphasizing strategic communications and mass communication theory and research and, more recently, media arts and studies. His research has emphasized the study of press coverage of political protest and minor political parties, and the influence of business on public policy.


John Clark
A faculty member since 1999, John F. Clark is an Associate Professor of Media Arts and Studies, having previously served as Technology Coordinator for the College of Communications and Information Studies for five years and as an adjunct professor in Telecommunications for seven years. He teaches a required pre-major course and a popular course in digital audio production, as well as courses in telecommunications delivery systems and music industry management. He is the faculty advisor for WRFL-FM, the UK student-run radio station; the Grehan Recording Group (GRG); and the Non-Traditional Students Organization (NTSO). Clark is a graduate of UK, with a B.A. in Telecommunications and Political Science in 1990 and an M.A. in Communications in 1992. 

An avid musician, Clark plays several instruments and has been a member of the Lexington Singers since 1986, performing regularly with the Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra and at a number of other venues, including New York's Carnegie Hall. He is a member of the Lexington Jazz Arts Foundation, serving on the Board of Directors from 1997 to 2000 and from 2005 to the present. A tuxedo-clad Clark played bass on jazz standards with the Bill Fletcher Trio from 1995-98. In the mid-80s, he was a member of the nationally acclaimed original power pop group Velvet Elvis, and co-produced and mixed the well-received album "Fun and Trouble" on Hit-a-Note Records. During the years 1975 through 1982, Clark eked out a meager living playing music professionally.


Tom Lindlof
Thomas R. Lindlof is a professor of media arts and studies in the School of Journalism and Telecommunications. Tom holds both a Ph.D. degree and a Master’s degree in Radio-TV-Film from the University of Texas at Austin. Prior to joining the University of Kentucky faculty, he taught at the Pennsylvania State University and the University of Iowa. He has previously served as chair of UK’s Department of Telecommunications.

At the undergraduate level, Tom teaches courses in the introduction to media culture, mass communication and social issues, audience analysis, the U.S. film industry, and television studies. His research and graduate teaching are focused in the cultural analysis of media, media audience theory and research, and interpretive methods in communication research.

  Zixue Tai
Zixue Tai joined the media arts and studies faculty in 2007. He teaches courses in multimedia and interactive game development, global communication, telecommunications policy and regulation, and other courses examining the interplay of new media and society.

Tai holds a doctorate in mass communication from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities as well as an MSS (Master of Software Systems) from the University of St. Thomas (Minnesota) and an MA from Shanghai International Studies University. Previously, he taught at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE) and Shanghai International Studies University (SISU).

His research interests focus on global communication with a special emphasis on the transformation of Chinese media in the new millennium as well as the individual/social impact of new media technologies. He is the author ofThe Internet in China: Cyberspace and Civil Society (Routledge, 2006). Additionally, his research has appeared in journals such as International Communication GazetteJournalism & Mass Communication QuarterlyNew Media & SocietyJournal of Communication, and Sociology of Health & Illness.