Ronny Regev

Labor History and Popular Culture

History Department

Ronny's research focuses on questions that examine the interrelation of popular culture, the development of mass-media industries, and labor history in the United States. Her dissertation, "It's a Creative Business: The Ideas, Practices, and Interaction that Made the Hollywood Studio System," deals with the rise of the American motion picture industry through the lens of day-to-day reality and studies how work relations and politics affected cinematic production and content. Using archival documents from the studio production archives, personal papers of producers, directors, writers, and actors, as well as the activities of labor unions, her research provides a social history of Hollywood that emphasizes the organization of both labor and the creative process through which movies were produced. It is an attempt to understand how everyday routines and interaction shape entertainment.