About Me

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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 history of American film and broadcasting.

Prior to moving to Wisconsin, I earned my Ph.D and M.F.A. at the University of Southern California's School of Cinematic Arts. I also worked in the Los Angeles film and television industry -- first for a large talent agency, then for the amazingly talented Miranda July.

I am the Director of the Media History Digital Library. I also designed, developed, and produced the MHDL’s search and visualization platform, Lantern, which received the 2014 Anne Friedberg Innovative Scholarship Award from the Society for Cinema & Media Studies. In collaboration with Charles Acland, I led the development of Project Arclight -- a data visualization and analytics project for media history.

My first 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).

My forthcoming book, Motion Papers, combines archival and algorithmic methods to explore the history of Hollywood's trade press. I am also collaborating with my colleague, Prof. Jeremy Morris, on developing PodcastRE (short for "Podcast Research"), a digital archive and analytics platform for podcasts that has been supported by a UW2020 grant and a NEH Digital Humanities Advancement grant.

You can download my complete CV here and e-mail me at ehoyt (at) wisc (dot) edu.