Texas Tech University

Wyatt D. Phillips

Wyatt D Phillips

Assistant Professor of Film and Media Studies

Ph.D. New York University, 2013

Phillips specializes in the political economic histories of film and media. His past publications and current areas of research include the late-nineteenth/early-twentieth century media landscape, the transformation of film genres across media and cultures, ecocritical film studies, copyright law, the diffusion of color television, the remaking of film exhibition in America between 1948 and 1980, and the development of the drive-in movie theater. His current book project considers the industrial history of American film genre production and circulation and provides a critical historical component to the burgeoning field of media industry studies.



  •  “A Maze of Intricate Relationships”: Mae D. Huettig and Early Forays into Film Industry Studies. Film History 27.1 (Spring 2015): 135-163.
  • O Cangaceiro (1953) and the Brazilian Northeastern: The Western “in the Land of the Sun.” International Westerns: Re-Locating the Frontier. Ed. Cynthia J. Miller and A. Bowdoin Van Riper. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, 2014. 243-262.
  • “Valere Quantum Valere Potest”: Adaptation in Early American Cinema. Adaptation Studies: New Approaches. Ed. Dennis Cutchins and Christa Albrecht-Crane. Madison, NJ: Fairleigh Dickinson UP, 2010. 278-293.
  • “Cow-Punchers, Bull-Whackers and Tin Horn Gamblers”: Generic Formulae, Sensational Literature, and Early American Cinema. Early Cinema and the ‘National'. Ed. Richard Abel, Giorgio Bertellini, and Rob King. London: John Libbey, 2008. 275-284.


  • Reviews of Shakespeare on Silent Film: An Excellent Dumb Discourse, by Judith Buchanan, and Shakespeare, Film Studies, and the Visual Cultures of Modernity, by Anthony R. Guneratne, Nineteenth Century Theatre & Film 38.1 (2011): 99-104.