Derek Long

 

          217-300-6205
          36 Gregory Hall
          drlong@illinois.edu


Education

Ph.D., Communication Arts, University of Wisconsin–Madison, 2017 
M.A., Film Studies, Emory University, 2010 
B.A., History, Middlebury College, 2008

Affiliations

  • Assistant Professor of Media and Cinema Studies

Course Specialties

  • Film History
  • Media Distribution
  • Digital Tools and Historiography

Research/Creative Endeavor
Derek Long is a historian of media industries and forms. He is currently at work on a book project examining the mutually-determined relationship between film distribution strategies and production planning in the early years of the Hollywood studio system.

His work also applies digital datasets and tools to questions of media history. A recent grant project he co-authored, Arclight (projectarclight.org), maps “trends” in media history as a way of quantitatively assessing the cultural influence of stars, films, studios, the trade press, and other institutions.

His other research interests include animation, videographic criticism, early cinema, broadcasting history, avant-garde and cult cinema, and low-budget filmmaking.

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