I received my PhD and MA in Communication Arts (Film Studies) from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and my Honours BSc in Physics and Cinema Studies from the University of Toronto.
The main focus of my research is film sound and music. I’m interested especially in how changing technologies and industries have influenced the composition of film music and soundtrack design during two historical phenomena: Hollywood’s transition to sound in the late 1920s and the global diffusion of music synthesizers in the 1980s. I’m now working on a book-length history of electronic music in American cinema.
I welcome graduate students who are pursuing research on subjects of film style, film history, the American film industry, film sound and music, and cognitive studies of film. Occasionally, I have undergraduate and graduate assistantship opportunities for students engaged in primary archival research. Contact me for more information.
I have taught a variety of undergraduate courses, including Film and Narrative; Film History to 1950; American Film 1929-1969; The Film Musical; Classical Film Theory; Hong Kong Cinema; Silent Cinema; Film Sound; and Hollywood Technologies. I regularly teach a graduate seminar on film historiography.
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