Derek Long


About Me

After completing my BA in History at Middlebury College, I earned an MA in Film Studies at Emory University in 2010. At Emory, I wrote my master's thesis on the history of the Poverty Row studio Majestic Pictures in the early 1930s.

At Wisconsin, my research concentrates on media distribution and industrial media history as well as Digital Humanities. I have also taught courses in digital media production, American and international film history, formal analysis, contemporary media industries, animation, introductory composition, and public speaking.

My research and teaching are based in digital practice. In 2013 I co-wrote a successful six-figure grant funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council to create an online application, Arclight, that enables scholars, students, and other users to search nearly 2 million pages of trade journals, yearbooks, and fan magazines produced by the film and broadcasting industries.

I am also the developer and project manager for two scaled databases for media history: QMHDB and ECHO. You can read more about my digital work here, and my full CV is available here.