Dr. Stephen Tropiano has been director of the program since its inception and opening in January 1994. He graduated from Ithaca College in 1984 with degrees in television and radio and cinema and 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 television and film history, theory and criticism.
He is the author of TV Towns, which profiles fictional towns on classical and contemporary television shows, The Prime Time Closet: A History of Gays and Lesbians on TV, Queer Facts, and Rebels & Chicks: A History of Hollywood Teen Movies. His most recent work, Obscene, Indecent, Immoral and Offensive: 100+ Years of Censored, Banned, and Controversial Films, was published in 2010.
Born in Peekskill, N.Y., he has lived in Southern California since 1987.