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Mark Garrett Cooper

Director and Professor
Film and Media Studies Program
University of South Carolina

Office: HUO 212
Phone Number: (803) 576-5991


  • PhD, Brown University, 1998
  • MA, Brown Urnviersity, 1992
  • BA, Wesleyan University, 1990


I investigate the history of media institutions. Those investigation have led me to publish two books on early Hollywood and to current research, with co-author John Marx, revealing the career of the American university as a media institution. We are currently completing a book, tentatively entitled “Mass Media U,” and maintain a blog based on our research at Another book in progress, “Accounting for Motion Pictures,” describes film and television history from the point of view of its accounting practices. I am also involved in collaborative projects to bridge disciplines, institutions, and communities by means of digital tools and archival media. I keep a reasonably up-to-date CV here.

 Selected Publications

  • Love Rules: Silent Hollywood and the Rise of the Managerial Class
  • Universal Women: Filmmaking and Institutional Change in Early Hollywood
  •  "Crisis, Crisis, Crisis: Big Media and the Humanities Workforce." With John Marx. differences 24.3 (2014).
  •  "Tackling Universal Women as a Research Problem: What Historiographic Sources Do and Don't Tell Us about "Gender" in the Silent Motion Picture Studio." Framework 51.2 (2011).
  •  "Pearl White and Grace Cunard: The Serial Queen's Volatile Present." Star Decades: Screen Stars of the 1910s. Ed. Jennifer M. Bean. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 2011.
  •   "Archive, Theater, Ship: The Phelps Sisters Film the World." Researching Women in Silent Cinema: New Findings and Perspectives. Monica Dall' Asta, Victoria Duckett, Lucia Tralli, eds. University of Bolonga, 2013. DOI 10.6092/unibo/amsacta/3805


  • Film and Media History
  • Media/Archives (Graduate)
  • Media, Power, and Everyday Life
  • Media Industries

Areas of Specialization 

  • Early Hollywood
  • Media historiography
  • Corporate culture/institutions
  • The Research University
  • Gender studies