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Daniel Herbert is a scholar of contemporary media culture with particular interests in media industries, geography, and cultural identities. His dissertation explored cinematic globalization through the lens of Hollywood remakes of foreign films. His current book project examines the ways that video rental stores altered movie culture during the 1970s through the 2000s. Drawing from copious fieldwork conducted from 2008-2012, this book provides a critical reflection upon the brick-and-mortar video industry at the very moment of its disappearance. More than a simple story of an industrial rise and fall, however, this work conveys the importance of video stores as lived spaces for the many people who shopped and worked inside them.
Herbert was appointed as a visiting lecturer at the University of Michigan in 2007 and became a member of the regular faculty in 2008. Prior to that, he worked for several years as a clerk at the best video store in Albuquerque, NM, Alphaville Video, where he watched thousands of foreign and American independent films. He then attained his MA and PhD in Critical Studies from the University of Southern California. He likes to think that his work at the video store was as important to his education as his graduate studies, even if it does not appear on his CV.
SAC 325: New Line and New Hollywood Cinema
SAC 455: The Contemporary Film Industry
SAC 331: Apocalyptic Film and Television
SAC 366: Adaptations
Screen Arts and Cultures
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