Michael Frontani

Associate Professor of Communications
Powell Building 220
2850 Campus Box
Elon, NC 27244
mfrontani@elon.edu (336) 278-5664

Professional Expertise

Cinema History, Post-WWII American Mass and Youth Culture, Critical and Cultural Theory, Rock Culture

Education

Ph. D. in Mass Communications (1998), Ohio University
Dissertation title: "The Beatles as Sign: Their Transformation from Moptops to Gramscian Intellectuals" (Dissertation advisor:  Professor Joseph Slade)

M. A. in Cinema and Television—Critical and Cultural Studies (1995), School of Cinema and Television, University of Southern California

M. A. in History (1992), The Ohio State University
Thesis title: "Iran: A Reassessment of the Third Power Policy of Reza Shah" (Thesis advisor:  Professor Carter V. Findley)

B. A. in History (1986),The Ohio State University

B. A. in Political Science (1986),The Ohio State University

Employment History

2005-present            Associate Professor, Cinema, School of Communications, Elon University.

 

1999-2005                Assistant Professor, School of Communications, Elon University.

 

Spring 1999              Adjunct Professor, Department of Communications, University of

Wisconsin-Parkside, introductory mass media and culture course.

 

Spring 1998              Teaching Assistant, School of Media Arts and Studies                                               (formerly the School of Telecommunications), Ohio University.

 

Fall 1995-1997        Research Assistant, School of Media Arts and Studies (formerly School of Telecommunications), Ohio University.

                       

1994-1995              Teaching Assistant, School of Cinema & Television, University of Southern California.

 

1990-1992                ESL instructor (volunteer) for Red Cross, Dayton, Ohio.

Courses Taught

  • HNR 239.  Honors Seminar:  Mass Culture/Youth Culture:  Popular Culture in Postwar America, 1945-1974. 

 

  • HNR 273.  Honors Seminar:  Imperialism and Cinema [with Dr. H. Frontani, Fall 2004].

 

  • COM 336.  International Cinema

 

  • COM 373.  American Cinema in the American Century

 

  • COM 406.  Film Theory, Genres, and Auteurs

 

  • COM 495. Great Ideas:  Capstone in Communications

 

  • JCM 374.  Special Topics:  Empire and Film

 

  • GST 303.  The Culture of Rock

 

  • GST 304.  The Great Films:  Art, Culture, and Commerce in the Twentieth Century

 

  • GST 357.  Culture and Commerce in the Twentieth Century:  Disney, Art, and Industry

 

  • GST 272.  Periclean Scholars

 

  • PER 471.  Periclean Scholars

 

  • PER 472.  Periclean Scholars

 

Study Abroad:

 

  • GST 356.  The Italian-American Experience.  Study Abroad Semester in Florence, Spring 2013.

 

  • GST 356.  The Culture of Rock:  The Beatles.  Study Abroad Semester in London, Spring 2010.

 

  • JCM 251. Communications Study Abroad:  The Beatles and Popular Culture in London, Winter 2004.

 

  • JCM 251. Communications Study Abroad:  The Beatles and Popular Culture in London, Winter 2003.

Leadership Positions

  • American Studies Minor

Coordinator, American Studies Program, 2008-2009.

 

Chair, American Studies Interest Group, 2002-2008

  • Study Abroad Committee:

 

Chair, Academic Council Budget Subcommittee, 2007-2008.

 

Chair, Institutional Review Board (IRB), 2004-2007.

Research

Current research projects include book manuscripts on the history of American cinema, and  on the evolution of the Italian-American image in U.S. media.  

Grants Awarded

Awards:

 

Michael R. Frontani.  The Beatles: Image, and the Media (Jackson:  University Press of Mississippi, 2007)—recognized as a CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title, 2008.

 

Scholar of the Year, 2008, School of Communications, Elon University.

 

 

Grants:

 

Primary Author:  Fund for Excellence Grant, Joining the American Studies Community:  The American Studies Colloquium Series, 2012-2013.

 

Primary Author:  Fund for Excellence Grant, The Cinematic and Theatrical Arts in the Global Community (“Hollywood Comes to Elon”), 2011-2012.

 

Primary Author:  Fund for Excellence Grant, Growing American Studies, 2009-2010.

 

Primary Author:  Fund for Excellence Grant, Growing American Studies, 2008-2009.

 

Faculty Research and Development Grant, Elon University:  Summer Research Fellowship, 2009.

 

Faculty Research and Development Grant, Elon University:  Reassigned Time, 2009-2010.

 

Sabbatical, Spring 2007.

 

Summer Research Fellowship 2005.

 

Faculty Research and Development Grant, Elon University, 2004-2005.

 

Elon University, Technology Course Enhancement Grant with Heidi Glaesel, Tim Peeples, and Paul Fromson for Phase II of the London Abroad CD project

 

Faculty Research and Development Grant, Elon University, 2003/2004

 

U.S. Department of Education Foreign Language Area Studies (FLAS) fellowships (Farsi), 1990-1993.

Publications

Books, Book Chapters, and Sections:

 

Michael R. Frontani.  “The Solo Years.”  The Cambridge Companion to the Beatles.  Editor, Kenneth Womack.  Cambridge, UK:  Cambridge University Press, 2009.

 

Michael R. Frontani.  The Beatles: Image, and the Media.  Jackson:  University Press of Mississippi, 2007.  American Library Association selection as a “CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title, 2008.”

 

Michael R. Frontani.  “From the Bottom to the Top’:  Frank Sinatra, the American Myth of Success, and Italian American Identity.”  Italian Americans and the Arts & Culture.  Editors Mary Jo Bona, Dawn Esposito, and Anthony Tamburri.  New York:  American Italian Historical Association, 2007:  94-110.

 

Michael R. Frontani.  "The Beatles--Magical mass-mediated tour," in The Age of Mass Communication, eds. David Copeland and Anthony Hatcher (Northport, Ala.: Vision Press, 2004.

 

Michael R. Frontani.  "Youth, rock and roll and the media," in The Age of Mass Communication, eds. David Copeland and Anthony Hatcher (Northport, Ala.: Vision Press, 2004.

 

 

Audio Books

 

Michael R. Frontani (and James Langdon, narrator).  The Beatles: Image, and the Media.  Jackson:  University Press of Mississippi, 2007.  University Press Audiobooks, March 2012.

 

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles:

 

Michael R. Frontani.  “From the Bottom to the Top’:  Frank Sinatra and the American Myth of Success.”  Journal of American Culture 28:2 (June 2005):  216-30. 

 

Michael R. Frontani.  “Beatlepeople”:  Gramsci, The Beatles, and Rolling Stone Magazine.  American Journalism 19.3 (Summer 2002):  39-61.

 

 

Encyclopedia Entries:

 

Michael R. Frontani.  “Michael Cimino.”  New Catholic Encyclopedia, 2nd edition, 2011 Supplement.  Gale/Cengage and The Catholic University of America Press.

 

Michael R. Frontani.  “Alternative Press,” in Stephen Vaughn, editor.  Encyclopedia of American Journalism.  New York: Routledge, 2007:  13-17.

 

 

Book Reviews: 

 

Michael R. Frontani.  Invited Review of The Sopranos (Dana Polan, Durham and London:  Duke University Press, 2009).  Italian American Review, Vol. 1, No. 1, 2010.

 

Michael R. Frontani.  Rev. of Embedded:  Weapons of Mass Deception:  How the Media Failed to Cover the War on Iraq, by Danny Schechter.  Journalism History 30:2 (Summer 2004):  111.

 

Michael R. Frontani.  Rev. of We Felt the Flames,  by Charles Kupfer.  American Journalism 21:4 (Fall 2004):  125-126.

 

Michael R. Frontani.  Rev. of Pop Music and the Press, ed. Steve Jones.  Journalism History 28:4 (Winter 2003): 198.

 

Michael R. Frontani.  Rev. of Patriotism, Power and Print, by Gillian Brennan.  Journalism History 30:1 (Spring 2004):  48.

 

Michael R. Frontani.  Rev. of Thomas Inge and Dennis Hall, eds., The Greenwood Guide to American Popular Culture, 4 vols.  (Westport, Connecticut:  Greenwood Press, 2002), American Journalism, Vol. 20, No. 3.

 

 

Film Reviews: 

 

Michael R. Frontani.  Rev. of film Rostov-Luanda, dir. Abderrahmane Sissako, Mauritania/Angola/France/Germany, 1997 (San Francisco:  California Newsreel), African Studies Review, Vol. 46, No. 3 (December 2003). 199-201.

 

Michael R. Frontani.  Rev. of Fintar O Destino (Dribbling Fate), dir. Fernando Vendrell, (Portugal/Cape Verde, 1998), and O Testamento Do Senhor Napumoceno (Napumoceno’s Will), dir. Francisco Manso, Portugal/Cape Verde, 1998. African Studies Review, Vol. 47, No. 2 (September 2004).  225-227.

Service Activities

Service to the University:

 

  • Study Abroad Committee:

Member, Study Abroad Committee, 2012

 

  • Academic Council and Shared Governance:

 

Member, Task Force on Shared Governance, 2008-2010. 

 

Chair, Academic Council Budget Subcommittee, 2007-2008.

 

Member, Academic Council Subcommittee on Shared Governance, 2006-2008.

 

Member, Academic Council, 2006-2009.

 

Member, Elon University Academic Counsel Ad-Hoc Committee on faculty teaching load, 2003-2005.

 

  • Institutional Review Board:

 

Chair, Institutional Review Board (IRB), 2004-2007.

 

Member, Elon University Committee on Human Participation in Research/Institutional Review Board, 2002-2007.

 

Participant, “Protecting Human Subjects in Social, Behavioral, and Educational Research”, Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, KY, October 2003.

 

 

  • Curriculum Committee: 

 

Member, Elon University Curriculum Committee, 2000-2002.

Awards

Michael R. Frontani.  The Beatles: Image, and the Media (Jackson:  University Press of Mississippi, 2007)—ALA/CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title, 2008.

 

Scholar of the Year, 2008, School of Communications, Elon University.