I am a 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. (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.

I am co-editor of the journal Critical Studies in Media Communication and books on Iranian Cinema in a Global Context and The Future of Internet Policy. Plus I made a short film.

I am a regular contributor to Forbes (read my pieces here).

My free online course (a MOOC) on the history of Hollywood launched November 1, 2016.

Students (and anyone interested) please 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.  |  @pdecherney (twitter)