Dr. George Steele is an Instructor in the Film/Media program. Born and raised in Los Angeles, his professional background in the entertainment industry (at Creative Artists Agency and Interscope/Geffen/A&M Records) shaped his interdisciplinary scholarly interests in film music. His dissertation, Scoring Silent Film: Music, Modernism, Affect, examines film music history in relation to contemporary ways we program and customize music in our mobile age.
He has published his research on iPod culture in the International Journal of Technology, Knowledge and Society. In 2008, he received an honorary invitation to the Pordenone Silent Film Festival in Pordenone, Italy, as associate collegian, and garnered the University of Rhode Island Dissertation Fellowship Award. In 2009, his paper “Music as Critique of Immigration in Willa Cather’s Song of the Lark” was nominated for the American Comparative Literature Association’s Horst Frenz Prize. Always with a heavy focus on music, his film courses at University of Rhode Island include Intro to Film Media; Film Music: History, Theory, Function; and a Cinematic Auteurs course on filmmaker Wes Anderson.
Rebecca Romanow, Interim Director
Mary Healey Jamiel
Ron L. Hutt
Michelle Le Brun