I am film and media historian who writes about the technology, labor, and infrastructure of the American film industry in the silent and classical eras. I teach in the Department of Film and Media Studies at University of California Irvine and at Chapman University’s Dodge College of Film and Media Arts. Previous to that I was a Fellow for the National Endowment for the Humanities and a Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow in USC’s School of Cinematic Arts’ Department of Cinema and Media Studies. I received my PhD in 2016 from USC’s School of Cinematic Arts.
I have just completed a book titled Engineering Hollywood, which explores the formation of the Hollywood studio system as a technology industry, which was published by Oxford University Press in 2021. I am currently working on an edited collection on Hollywood Unions and a book on the history of the Akeley camera.