Peter Decherney, Ph.D.

Portrait of Peter Decherney
Professor of Cinema Studies and English
School of Arts and Sciences

Peter Decherney is Professor of Cinema Studies and English at the University of Pennsylvania. He also 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 author or editor of five books including Hollywood’s Copyright Wars: From Edison to the Internet and the forthcoming Hollywood: A Very Short Introduction. He is co-editor of the journal Critical Studies in Media Communication and has testified before the Copyright Office of the United States and filed amicus briefs in several cases, including the Supreme Court Case of Golan v. Holder. 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 has won multiple teaching awards at Penn, and he is a contributor.

Peter Decherney is Professor of Cinema Studies and English and Director of the Cinema Studies Program at the School of Arts and Science.


Decherney's Network

  • Culture and Communication
  • Media Institutions and Systems
  • Center for Experimental Ethnography
  • Department of Cinema Studies, School of Arts and Science