Ross Melnick

Associate Professor of Film & Media Studies

Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles, 2009
MA., University of California, Los Angeles, 2004
B.A., Brandeis University, 1996


2405 Social Sciences & Media Studies



Film and Media History, Archive Theory and
Practice, Media Industry Studies,
Film Exhibition, Early Media Convergence, Newsfilm, Early Radio


Ross Melnick specializes in media industry history and analysis, U.S. and global film exhibition, film, radio, and television history, archival theory and practice, silent cinema, early radio and media convergence, and moving image journalism. His most recent book is American Showman: Samuel ‘Roxy’ Rothafel and the Birth of the Entertainment Industry, 1908-1935 (Columbia University Press, 2012). His research has been published in Cinema Journal, Film History, The Moving Image, Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, and in numerous edited collections and other publications. He was named an Academy Film Scholar in 2017 by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship in 2015-2016, and was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry at Emory University in 2010-2011. Prior to completing his doctorate at UCLA, he served as curator of the collection at Museum of the Moving Image; as archivist/historian for Loews Cineplex; and worked in film marketing for Miramax, MGM, and DreamWorks and in film distribution for Sony Pictures Releasing.


He is currently finishing his next book, Screening the World: Hollywood’s Global Exhibition Empires.