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Peter Decherney

Professor of English and Cinema Studies

Fisher-Bennett Hall 211
215-746-3156

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 two short documentary films: Filmmaking for Democracy in Myanmar and the virtual reality film Kalobeyei, about a refugee settlement in Kenya. 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 (a MOOC) on the history of Hollywood is available through the edX platform.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/peterdecherney/ 

Publications

News & Events

2016/02/24

Courses Taught

fall 2017

ENGL 015.401 Copyright and Culture  

spring 2017

ENGL 505.401 Media Fandom  

summer 2016

ENGL 068.950 London Theater  
ENGL 105.950 Culture and Copyright  

fall 2015

ENGL 015.401 Copyright and Culture  
ENGL 024.401 Hollywood Film Industry  

spring 2015

ENGL 024.401 Hollywood Film Industry  
ENGL 266.401 Copyright and Culture  
ENGL 492.640 Tribeca Film Festival  

fall 2014

ENGL 015.401 Copyright and Culture  
ENGL 091.401 World Film History to 1945  

spring 2014

ENGL 466.640 Copyright and Culture  

fall 2013

ENGL 015.401 Copyright and Culture  
ENGL 024.401 The Hollywood Film Industry  

summer 2013

ENGL 068.950 London Theatre Experience  
ENGL 105.950 Culture and Copyright  

spring 2013

ENGL 024.401 Hollywood Film Industry  

fall 2012

ENGL 566.401 Copyright and Culture  

summer 2012

ENGL 492.942 The Hollywood Film Industry  

spring 2012

ENGL 015.401 Copyright and Culture  

summer 2011

ENGL 566.940 Copyright and Culture  

fall 2010

ENGL 091.401 World Film History to 1945  
ENGL 505.401 Internet Policy and Culture  

summer 2009

spring 2009

ENGL 291.402 Internet Policy and Culture  
ENGL 566.401 Copyright and Culture  

fall 2008

ENGL 105.402 Copyright and Culture  

spring 2008

ENGL 091.401 Film History  
ENGL 505.640 Internet Policy and Culture  

spring 2007

fall 2006

ENGL 292.401 Hollywood Film Industry cancelled  

spring 2006

ENGL 091.401 Film History  
ENGL 797.401 Film Historiography  

fall 2005

ENGL 292.401 The Hollywood Film Industry  
ENGL 295.401 Media Theory  

spring 2005

ENGL 091.401 Film History  
ENGL 266.401 Copyright and Culture  

fall 2004

summer 2001

ENGL 292.910 Special Topics in Film Studies cancelled