Derek Long

Derek Long
Assistant Professor of Media & Cinema Studies
23 Gregory Hall

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

  • Assistant Professor of Media and Cinema Studies
Course Specialties
  • Film History
  • Media Distribution
  • Digital Tools and Historiography

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 (, 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.