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, Ink-Stained Hollywood: The Triumph of American Cinema's Trade Press, will be published in early-2022 by the University of California Press as part of its open access Luminos program. For the last few years, I have also been working with Jeremy Morris on developing PodcastRE, a digital archive and analytics platform for podcasts, and collaborating with Stephanie Sapienza on Unlocking the Airwaves: Revitalizing an Early Public and Educational Radio Collection, a comprehensive online collection of early educational public radio content from the National Association of Educational Broadcasters. Both PodcastRE and Unlocking the Airwaves have been recipients of generous grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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