Liberal Arts


Communication Studies


Communication and Media

Areas of Expertise

Television and media cultures

Nick Marx

Marx specializes in television studies, media industries, digital media, and American politics and culture.

Marx is co-editor or author of three books: “Saturday Night Live and American TV,” “The Comedy Studies Reader,” and “Sketch Comedy: Identity, Reflexivity, and American Television.” His current book project analyzes the cultural and economic clout of libertarian and conservative comedians.

In addition to peer-reviewed scholarly work, Marx’s commentary on popular culture and politics has appeared in Time, Entertainment Weekly and U.S. News & World Report.

Marx received his B.A. in communication arts and Spanish from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2003. He earned his M.A. in radio-television-film from the University of Texas at Austin in 2006, and then returned to the University of Wisconsin-Madison, earning his Ph.D. in communication arts in 2012.