Dr. Tropiano has been director of the program since its inception in January 1994. He graduated from Ithaca College in 1984 with degrees in Television & Radio and Cinema & Photography. He earned his master's degree in cinema studies from New York University and completed his doctorate in critical studies at the University of Southern California's School of Cinema and Television. In addition to overseeing the program, he teaches undergraduate courses in film history, theory and criticism. He is the author of The Prime Time Closet: A History of Gays and Lesbians on TV, Saturday Night Live FAQ, and TV Finales FAQ.