Distinguished University Research Professor, Communication Studies
BA, Commerce (Economics and Marketing), Carleton University
Graduate Diploma, Communication Studies, Concordia University
PhD, Institute of Communications Research (Cultural Studies), University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana
Postdoctoral Scholar, Communication Studies, Concordia University
Media and Cultural Theory, Film and Moving Image Studies, Cultural History, Audiovisual Technology, Popular Culture, Media Industries
2011, Useful Cinema, edited with Haidee Wasson, Duke University Press, pp. 386. Awarded Honorable Mention as the 2013 SCMS Best Edited Book and finalist for the 2012 Kraszna-Krausz Best Moving Image Book Award.
2007, Residual Media, an edited collection, University of Minnesota Press, pp. 416.
2003, Screen Traffic: Movies, Multiplexes, and Global Culture, Duke U. Press, pp 337. Winner of the 2004 Robinson Book Prize for Best Book by a Canadian Communication Scholar and Honorable Mention by Screening the Past as one of the most influential works of media scholarship in the last ten years, 2007.
1999, Harold Innis in the New Century: Reflections and Refractions, edited with William Buxton, Montreal: McGill-Queen’s U. Press, pp. 435.
1995, Youth, Murder, Spectacle: The Cultural Politics of “Youth in Crisis,” Boulder, CO.: Westview Press, pp. 176.
2012, “The Crack in the Electric Screen,” Cinema Journal, 51.2, 167-171.
2009, “Curtains, Carts and the Mobile Screen,” Screen, 50.1, 148-166. Winner of the 2010 Kovacs Prize for Best Essay, from the Society for Cinema and Media Studies.
2006, “Harold Innis, Cultural Policy, and Residual Media,” International Journal of Cultural Policy, 12.2: 171-185.
2004, “Moore Than This: Fahrenheit 9/11, Screen Numbers, and Political Community,” Environmental Planning D: Society and Space, 22: 901-906.
2003, “Haunted Places: Montreal’s Rue Ste. Catherine and its Cinema Spaces,” Screen, 44.2.
2001, “Patterns of Cultural Authority: The National Film Society of Canada and the Institutionalization of Film Education, 1938-41,” Canadian Journal of Film Studies, 10.1: pp. 2-27.
2018 “An Empire of Pixels: Canadian Cultural Enterprise in the Digital Effects Industry,” in Cultural Crossings, ed. Gillian Roberts, Montreal/Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 143-170.
2015 “Consumer Electronicsand the Building of an Entertainment Infrastructure,” in Signal Traffic, eds. Lisa Parks and Nicole Starosielski, Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 246-278. Signal Traffic won the SCMS Best Edited Book Award, 2016.
2013, “The End of James Cameron’s Quiet Years,” in Media Studies Futures, ed. Kelly Gates, London, Blackwell Press, pp. 269-295.
2011, “Celluloid Classrooms: Post-WWII Consolidation of Community Film Activism,” in Learning with the Lights Off: Educational Film in the United States, eds. Dan Streible, Marsha Ogeron, and Devin Ogeron, Oxford UP, 377-396. Learning with the Lights Off won the SCMS Best Edited Book Award, 2012.
2011, “Hollywood’s Educators: Mark May and Teaching Film Custodians,” in Useful Cinema, eds. Charles R. Acland and Haidee Wasson, Duke UP, 59-80.
2011, “Utility and Cinema,” co-authored with Haidee Wasson, in Useful Cinema, eds. C. Acland and H. Wasson, Duke UP, 1-14.
2009, “Screen Technology, Mobilization, and Adult Education in the 1950,” in Patronizing the Public: American Philanthropy’s Transformation of Culture, Communication, and the Humanities, ed. William J. Buxton, Lanham, Maryland: Rowan and Littlefield/Lexington Books, 261-279.
2008, “Classrooms, Clubs, and Community Circuits: Reconstructing Cultural Authority and The Film Council Movement, 1946-1957,” in Inventing Film Studies, edited by Lee Grieveson and Haidee Wasson, Durham: Duke University Press, 149-181.
2008, “Theatrical Exhibition: Accelerated Cinema,” in The Contemporary Hollywood Film Industry, eds. Paul McDonald and Janet Wasko, London: Blackwell Press, 83-105.
2011, “Avatar as Technological Tentpole,” FlowTV, 13.14, “Flow Favorites Special Issue,” www.flowtv.org. Reprint from issue 11.05.
2011, “You Haven’t Seen Avatar Yet,” FlowTV, 13.08, www.flowtv.org.
2010, “Everybody Knows,” FlowTV, 13.03, www.flowtv.org.
2010, “Marshall’s Children,” FlowTV, 11.08, www.flowtv.org.
2009, “The Last Days of Videotape,” FlowTV, 11.02, www.flowtv.org.
2012, “From International Blockbusters to National Hits: Analysis of the 2010 UIS Survey of Feature Films,” UNESCO Institute of Statistics, Montreal, pp. 24. Also translated as “Des superproduction internationales aux succès nationaux : analyse de l’enquête 2010 sur les statistiques des films de long métrage.”
2017 “Canada,” with Ira Wagman, Global Internet Television Consortium, https://global-internet-tv.com/netflix-country-reports/canada/, 13 manuscript pages. Updated 2019
2014 Project Arclight, an on-line hub for media history and digital humanities, featuring the Arclight Analytic app, www.projectarchlight.org, with Dr. Eric Hoyt (UW-Madison)
2010 Canadian Educational Sponsored and Industrial Film Project, an on-line resource including a 5000-entry filmography of films from private Canadian producers, www.screenculture.org/cesif, with Louis Pelletier.
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