Brian Hochman


Assistant Professor
Department of English
Faculty, American Studies Program


Department of English
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Office hours

Spring 2017: Th 1:00-3:30pm & by appointment


Brian Hochman's interests in American Studies and U.S. cultural history span a wide range of fields: 19th- and 20th-century American literature and culture; race and ethnicity; film and visual studies; comparative media studies and media theory; and the history of communications.

He is the author of Savage Preservation: The Ethnographic Origins of Modern Media Technology (University of Minnesota Press, 2014), which was named as a finalist for the American Studies Association's Lora Romero Prize for Best First Book in 2015. His current book project, All Ears: A History of Wiretapping in the United States, is under contract with Harvard University Press. In addition, his writings have appeared or are forthcoming in American Literature, African American Review, Callaloo, Notes and Queries, Post45: Peer Reviewed, Resilience, and The Multilingual Screen: New Perspectives on Cinema and Linguistic Difference (Bloomsbury, 2016).

He received his PhD from Harvard University's program in the History of American Civilization (now American Studies). At Georgetown, he teaches courses in nineteenth- and twentieth-century U.S. literature and culture, and he also serves on the faculties of American Studies and Film and Media Studies. Along with Professor Nathan Hensley, he co-chairs the Georgetown Modernities Working Group.


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  • PhD (2011) Harvard University, History of American Civilization
  • MA (2004) Columbia University, English and Comparative Literature
  • BA (2003) Amherst College, English