Derek Vaillant is an associate professor of Communication Studies and History (by courtesy) at the University of Michigan. He received his Ph.D. in U.S. History from the University of Chicago. From 2005 to 2006, he was a Fulbright Research Scholar at the University of Bordeaux III.
Professor Vaillant is an historian appointed in communication studies at the University of Michigan. His research has focused on the social and cultural history of American music, sound studies, and the history of broadcasting in the U.S. and in France. His current book project looks at broadcasting as a transatlantic technological, social, and cultural medium linking France and the U.S. in the twentieth century. He is interested in collaborations on France, media, technology and aesthetics, and sound culture. He is also interested in dimensions of the 'long twentieth century' and the mass media in the U.S.
"At the Speed of Sound: Techno-aesthetic Paradigms in U.S.-French International Broadcasting, 1925-1942,"Technology & Culture, October 2013, Volume 54, Number 4, 888-921.
“Sounds from the Life of the Future: Making Sense of U.S. Radio Broadcasting in France, 1921-1939” in Michele Hilmes and Jason Loviglio, eds., Radio's New Wave: Global Sound in the Digital Era. New York: Routledge, 2013, 180-193.
"The Police de l'Air: Amateur Radio and the Politics of Aural Surveillance in France, 1921-1940," French Politics, Culture & Society 28, Spring 2010, 1-24.
"Occupied Listeners," Susan Strasser, David Suisman, eds., Sound in the Era of Mechanical Reproduction (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2009), 141-58.
Sounds of Reform: Progressivism and Music in Chicago, 1873-1935 (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2003).