Media & Communication
Associate Professor, Media & Communication
Director, Film Studies Program
B.A., University of Guelph
B.Ed., University of Western Ontario
M.A., Wilfrid Laurier University
Ph.D., Northwestern University
Paul McEwan has two major research areas. The first is the history ofthe reception of D.W. Griffith's 1915 racist epic The Birth of a Nation, an ideal text with which to study changes in race relations and the status of film as an art over the past century. He has written about the film for Cinema Journal, Film History, and Nineteenth Century Theatre and Film. He is the author of a book in the BFI Classics series on The Birth of a Nation and also working on a full-length monograph entitled Birth of a Film Nation: D.W. Griffith, American Racism, and theRise of Cinema Culture.McEwan’s other primary area of study is Canadian Cinema. His first book was Bruce McDonald's Hard Core Logo (U Toronto P, 2011). Hard Core Logo, a 1996 cult film, is the story of a punk band on a last gasp tour of Western Canada. The book examines the idea of Canadian identity, the challenges of creative success in a small nation, and the film’s complex treatment of masculinity and male bonding. Professor McEwan’s other interests include theories of film pedagogy, Indian popular cinema, and popular music studies. Essays on various subjects have appeared in Oxford Bibliographies, The International Journal of Cultural Studies, Symploke, and the collection Affiliations: Identity in Academic Culture. He teaches Bollywood Cinema, Film History, Film Reviewing, French New Wave, Introduction to Film Analysis, Popular Music, Video Production, Advanced Video Production, Screenwriting I and Writing the TV Spec Script. He is the Director of the college's interdisciplinary program in Film Studies.