I am Professor of Cinema & Media Studies and English at the University of Pennsylvania. I also hold a secondary appointment at the Annenberg School for Communication and an affiliation wth the Center for Technology, Innovation, and Competition at Penn Law School. I am the Faculty Director of Penn’s campus-wide Online Learning Initiative as well as Director of its Cinema & Media Studies Program (formal bio)
My research focuses on media law and policy, especially the regulation of Hollywood.
My books include Hollywood: A Very Short Introduction, Hollywood’s Copyright Wars: From Edison to the Internet, and Hollywood and the Culture Elite: How the Movies Became American. In addition, I have coedited books on Iranian cinema, internet policy, and the cultural theorist Stuart Hall.
I have directed two short documentary films: Filmmaking for Democracy in Myanmar and the virtual reality film Kalobeyei, about a refugee settlement in Kenya.
I am a regular contributor to Forbes (read my pieces here).
Please try my free online course (a MOOC) on the history of Hollywood.
Students (and anyone interested) click the courses navigation link at the top of this page to see course websites with syllabi and readings.
I live outside of Philadelphia with my wife, two children, and very enthusiastic yellow lab.