Professor of Media Theory & Criticism at the Department of Cinema and Television Arts at the California State University Northridge. B.A.(1964) from John Carroll University, M.A. (1970) from University of California Los Angeles, and PhD. (1973) form University of Southern California.
Published critical book editions of film texts of Force of Evil, Odds Against Tomorrow, Body and Soul, and the You Are There Teleplays of Abraham Polonsky; journal essays on the Hollywood Blacklist, the Eastern Writer in Hollywood, the Film Noir Artist, the Small Town in American Film, director Mitchell Leisen, writer Edwin Justus Mayer, critic Robert E. Sherwood, George Jean Nathan and the Dramatist in Hollywood.
Documentary Film and Video Productions: Hollywood Screenwriters and Their Craft; Hollywood Directors and Their Craft; The Hollywood Writer: The Studio Years; Film Noir.