Clay Steinman, professor of media and cultural studies, was a journalist for Ralph Nader’s Capitol Hill News Service in the early 1970s after studying at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. He received his Ph.D. in Cinema Studies from New York University, with a focus on US Film History and Critical Theory. He has worked as an editor and writer for The Associated Press, The Nation, and Xinhua/the New China News Agency, among others. He co-authored Consuming Environments: Television and Commercial Culture and numerous articles in leading academic journals. At Macalester he has taught media and film courses, including Film Analysis and Visual Culture; Advanced Film Analysis; and Race and US Silent Film: Griffith/Micheaux. In 2012-2013, he is teaching US film history in relation to modernity and race as a Fulbright Scholar at Southwest University in Beibei, Chongqing, China.