Thomas Doherty, a professor of American studies, is a cultural historian with a special interest in Hollywood cinema. He teaches courses in media culture and things American. He is currently serving as chairman of the program.
Doherty’s undergraduate degree is from Gonzaga University, a small liberal arts college in Spokane, Wash., similar to Brandeis but with different religious holidays. After a two-year stint in the Peace Corps in South Korea, he entered graduate school at the University of Iowa, where he earned a Ph.D. in American studies in 1984.
After teaching in the division of humanities at Boston University, he came to Brandeis in 1990. He has also taught overseas as a Fulbright scholar at Ewha Womans University in Seoul, South Korea, and as the Thomas Jefferson Chair in American Studies at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands.
As a senior Fulbright scholar, Doherty has lectured in New Zealand and Albania. His reviews and commentary have appeared in The Boston Globe, the Los Angeles Times and the Washington Post, and he writes frequently on media culture for the Chronicle of Higher Education. In 2005, he received recognition as an Academy Film Scholar from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Doherty is the author of "Teenagers and Teenpics: The Juvenilization of American Movies in the 1950s" (1988), "Projections of War: Hollywood, American Culture and World War II" (1993), "Pre-Code Hollywood: Sex, Immorality and Insurrection in American Cinema, 1930-1934" (1999), "Cold War, Cool Medium: Television, McCarthyism and American Culture" (2003) and "Hollywood's Censor: Joseph I. Breen and the Production Code Administration" (2007). His most recent book is "Hollywood and Hitler, 1933-1939."
He serves on the editorial board of Cineaste and edits the film review section for the Journal of American History.
He and his wife, Sandra, a freelance editor and fierce Pittsburgh Steelers fan, live in Salem, Massachusetts.