Derek Long


Derek Long is a Film Studies PhD candidate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Department of Communication Arts. He earned his MA in Film Studies from Emory University in 2010. In 2013, Long was the recipient of the Helen K. Herman Award for Academic Ability and earlier received a First Year McCarty Scholarship Award in 2010. He has presented conference papers and published articles on the industrial history of Hollywood (e.g., “Television Distribution of Low-Budget Independent Features in the 1950s: The Cases of United Artists v. Strand Productions and Eagle-Lion v. Bogeaus” in Historical Journal of Film, Radio, and Television (2013)). One of his recent projects involved creating the Quantitative Media History Database to collect information pertaining to budgets, revenues, and media circulation. Currently he is a member of the research team for the award winning (2014 Anne Friedberg Innovative Scholarship) Lantern Project as well as Project Arclight (2013 Digging into Data Challenge). As part of Project Arclight, he will serve as Data Curator in the US, working on topic modeling, named entity recognition, and the integration of QMHDB data into the Arclight application. In this capacity, Long will work alongside Peter Gorman, Head of Digital Collections for the University of Wisconsin Libraries and a leading figure in digital archives and text encoding. Long’s technical skills include web design (HTML, CSS, Dreamweaver, Photoshop), database work (MySQL, XML, and PHP), video editing (Adobe Premiere, Final Cut Pro, AVID), and digital photography and video production.