Patrick Ellis

Brittain Fellow

Member Of:
  • School of Literature, Media, and Communication
  • Writing and Communication Program
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Patrick Ellis received his PhD from the University of California at Berkeley in 2017. His book project, Aeroscopics: Media Archaeology of the Bird’s-Eye View, provides a history of aerial vision in the era prior to commonplace flight. His interests beyond the history of film include the histories of cartography, medicine, science, and technology. He has work published or forthcoming in The British Journal for the History of Science, Cinema Journal, Early Popular Visual Culture, and Imago Mundi. He has also written essays and reviews for The Times Literary SupplementN+1, and Millennium Film Journal, among others. Ellis has curated silent film programs for the Pacific Film Archive, the Wolfsonian Museum, and Cambridge University.

  • PhD, Film and Media, University of California at Berkeley
  • MA, English Literature, University of Toronto
  • BA, English and Film, Concordia University (Montreal)
Awards and
  • Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship, 2016–2017
  • Newberry Library / NEH Summer Seminar Award, 2016
  • SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship, 2011–2015
  • J. B. Harley Research Fellowship Grant, 2015
  • Medical Humanities Small Grant, Wellcome Trust, 2015
  • Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award, UC Berkeley, 2015
  • Wolfsonian Fellowship, 2014
Areas of
  • Film History
  • History Of Cartography
  • History Of Science, Technology, And Medicine
  • Media Archaeology


  • ENGL-1102: English Composition II