Biographical / Historical
Douglas Gomery was born in New York City in 1945 and grew up in Allentown, PA. He had a distinguished academic career teaching and writing on the history of media, including motion pictures, broadcasting, and popular music. He received his PhD in Communications from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1975 and began his teaching career at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 1974. Dr. Gomery spent the majority of his academic career at the University of Maryland (UMD) in College Park, MD, where he taught from 1981 until his retirement in 2005. While at UMD, Dr. Gomery was on the faculty of the Radio, Television and Film Department and the Philip Merrill College of Journalism. In 2003, he was named Resident Scholar of the Library of American Broadcasting, now part of the Mass Media & Culture collections. In addition to his regular teaching at the University of Maryland, Dr. Gomery was also a visiting professor at Northwestern University, the University of Iowa, New York University, and the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands.
Dr. Gomery has also contributed to the academic community in many ways by serving on the editorial boards of significant media journals, serving on the board of trustees for the American Film Institute, and as the senior researcher for the Media Studies Project of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.
Dr. Gomery is a prolific writer of books and articles. His major works include Patsy Cline: The Making of an Icon (2011), A History of Broadcasting in the United States (2008), The Coming of Sound: A History (2005), Shared Pleasures: A History Of Movie Presentation In The United States (1992), and The Hollywood Studio System (1986).