Peter Decherney is Professor of Cinema & Media Studies and English at the University of Pennsylvania. He holds a secondary appointment at the Annenberg School for Communication and an affiliation with the Center for Technology, Innovation, and Competition at Penn Law School. He is the Faculty Director of Penn’s campus-wide Online Learning Initiative and Director of the Cinema & Media Studies Program.
He is the author or editor of six books including Hollywood’s Copyright Wars: From Edison to the Internet and Hollywood: A Very Short Introduction. He has directed documentary and virtual reality films including Filmmaking for Democracy in Myanmar, Glimpses of Kalobeyei, about a refugee settlement in Kenya, and The Heart of Puerto Rico, about artists in Puerto Rico after hurricane Maria. Prof. Decherney is also a regular contributor to Forbes.
Prof. Decherney has been an Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Scholar, a fellow of the American Council of Learned Societies, and a U.S. State Department Arts Envoy to Myanmar. He is an award-winning teacher, whose free online course on the history of Hollywood is available through the edX platform.