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I am the Kahl Family Professor of Media Production and an Associate Professor of Film, Media and 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 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).

I am the Director of the Wisconsin Center for Film and Theater Research and Media History Digital Library, which has digitized over 2.5 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.

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.