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I am an Associate Professor of Media & Cultural Studies in the Department of Communication Arts at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

My teaching and research concentrate on digital media production, the digital humanities, media industries, and the histories of American film and broadcasting.

My book Hollywood Vault: Film Libraries before Home Video (University of California Press, 2014) explores the history of how old movies became valuable. I also co-edited the books Hollywood and the Law (BFI/Palgrave, 2015) and The Arclight Guidebook to Media History and the Digital Humanities (REFRAME, 2016).

I am the Director of the Media History Digital Library, which has digitized over 2 million pages of historic books and magazines for broad public access. I also served as the lead developer of Lantern, the MHDL's search platform, and Arclight, a data analytics and visualization app for the MHDL's collection.

I am currently working on a book about the history of the Hollywood trade press and collaborating with Prof. Jeremy Morris on developing PodcastRE, a digital archive and analytics platform for podcasts that has been supported by a UW2020 grant and a NEH Digital Humanities Advancement grant.