Jennifer Blaylock is a media historian and theorist with a focus in African studies. She currently is a Research Associate in Cinema Studies at Bowdoin College, where she is working on her book project, Media/Fetish: A Postcolonial Archaeology of New Media and Africa, which analyzes the history of new media technologies in anglophone West Africa from the early twentieth century to the present. Jennifer holds a PhD in Film & Media Studies from University of California, Berkeley, an MA in Moving Image Archiving and Preservation from the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, and a BA in Anthropology from University of California, Berkeley.
As a 2010–11 Fulbright Research Fellowship recipient, Jennifer Blaylock studied the history of early colonial film production in Ghana and conducted ethnographic research on government sponsored cinema distribution via mobile cinema vans. She was also involved in audiovisual preservation work in Ghana (May–August 2009 and May 2010) with New York University’s Audiovisual Preservation Exchange (APEX) program and spent five months in 2004 at the University of Ghana, Legon as an undergraduate foreign exchange student.