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Paul Moore

Dr. Paul Moore

Professor & Undergraduate Program Director
EducationBSc (Mount Allison), MSc (Queen's), PhD (York, Sociology)
Phone416-979-5000 x552604

Areas of Expertise: 

media history; urban studies; mass society & the mass market; newspapers; film exhibition


Prof. Moore studies the history of the mass market and urban modernity in North America. Overall, his work argues that amusement and leisure help constitute modern publics by providing spaces, rhetorics, and logics for collective gathering. Recent research, Multicultural Moviegoing, tells the history of diasporic film and media distribution in Canada, such as Italian- and Chinese-language movie theatres. A new project considers Hollywood’s relation to Madison Ave. in print, radio & tv campaigns. Co-authored with Sandra Gabriele, The Sunday Paper: A Media History reviews how the weekend newspaper of the 1890s became a cultural technology, animating modernity, central to the institutionalization of mass society.

Websites: (external link, opens in new window) 

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  • SOC 902: Hollywood and Society
  • SOC 482: Advanced Approaches to Media Analysis
  • SOC 931: Waste and Consumerism
  • SOC 481: Survey Design and Analysis
  • SOC 483: Statistical Modelling
  • CC 9900: Doctoral Research Methodologies
  • CC 8906: Master’s Communication & Cultural Theory

Graduate Program Membership:

  • Communication & Culture

Community & Professional Service:

Recent Publications:

Moore, P.S. and S. Gabriele. 2022. The Sunday Paper: A Media History. (external link, opens in new window)  Champaign, IL: University of Illinois Press (History of Communication Series).

Moore, P.S. 2022.  (PDF file) “Narrative Cinema as a Separate Attraction: Archie L. Shepard’s Newspaper Publicity” (external link, opens in new window)  in New Perspectives on Early Cinema History: Concepts, Approaches, Audiences (pp. 167-192), edited by M. Slugan and D. Biltereyst. New York: Bloomsbury.

Whitehead, J.L. and P.S. Moore. 2021. “Cinema Paradiso: Toronto’s Italian Language Cinemas and Distribution Networks” in Italian Americans on Screen: Challenging the Past, Re-Theorizing the Future (external link, opens in new window)  (pp. 183-211), edited by R. Calabretta-Sajder and A. Gravano. Lanham, MD: Lexington-Rowman & Littlefield.

Moore, P.S. with Verhoeven, Coles, Coate, Zemaityte, Musial, Prommer, Mantsio, Taylor, Eltham, Loist and Davidson.  (PDF file) “Disciplinary Itineraries and Digital Methods: Examining the Kinomatics Collaboration Networks.” (external link, opens in new window)  NECSUS: European Journal of Media Studies 9(2): 273-298.

Whitehead, J.L., L.B. Pelletier and P.S. Moore. 2020.  (PDF file) “The Girl Friend in Canada’: Ray Lewis and the Canadian Moving Pictures Digest, 1915-1957” (external link, opens in new window)  in Mapping Movie Magazines: Digitization, Periodicals and Cinema History (pp. 127-152), edited by D. Biltereyst and L. Van de Vijver. London: Palgrave.

Moore, P.S. 2019.  (PDF file) 'Bought, Sold, Exchanged and Rented': The Early Film Exchange and the Market in Second-hand Films in New York Clipper Classified Ads.” (external link, opens in new window)  Film History 31(2): 1-31. 

Moore, P.S. 2019.  (PDF file) “‘It Pays to Plan ‘Em’: The Newspaper Movie Directory as a Spectre of Conspicuous Consumption” (external link, opens in new window)  in Companion to New Cinema History (pp. 365-377), edited by  B. Biltereyst, R. Maltby and P. Meers. New York: Routledge.

Moore, P.S. 2018.  (PDF file) “A Distant Reading of the Chaser Theory: Local Views and the Digital Generation of New Cinema History” (external link, opens in new window)  in Technology and Film Scholarship: Experience, Study, Theory (pp. 169-193), edited by S. Hidalgo. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press. 

Moore, P.S. 2018.  (PDF file) “Spaces In-Between: The Railway and Early Cinema in Canada” (external link, opens in new window)  in Rural Cinema Exhibition and Audiences in a Global Context (pp. 73-89), edited by D. Treveri Gennari, D. Hipkins and C. O’Rawe.  London: Palgrave-Macmillan.

Roberts, P. and P.S. Moore. 2016.  (PDF file) Objects, Archives, and Collections. (external link, opens in new window)  Early Popular Visual Culture 14(4): 297-301.

Moore, P.S. 2016.  (PDF file) Ephemera as Medium: The Afterlife of Lost Films. (external link, opens in new window)  The Moving Image 15(2): 135-139.