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Paul Moore

Moore, Paul


Associate Professor


B.Sc. (Mount Allison), M.Sc. (Queen's), Ph.D (York, Sociology)




416-979-5000 ext 2604

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Forthcoming With Sandra Gabriele. The Sunday Paper, 1888-1922. University of Illinois Press, History of Communication Series. 
2013 “The Flow of Amusement: Early Cinema in the Red River Valley,” in Conway and Pasch, eds.,Beyond the Border: Tensions across the 49th Parallel. McGill-Queen’s.
2012 “Mapping Early Cinema’s Mass Circulation: Film Debuts Coast-to-Coast in Canada in 1896 and 1897.” Canadian Journal of Film Studies 21(1): 58-80.
2012 “Advance Newspaper Publicity for the Vitascope and Cinema’s Mass Reading Public,” pp. 381-397 in Gaudreault, Dulac & Hidalgo, eds., A Companion to Early Cinema Malden: Blackwell.
2012 With Sandra Gabriele. “New Media, Old Media, Intermedia: The Toronto Star’s CFCA, 1922-1933,” pp. 218-236 in Wagman & Urquhart, eds., Cultural Industries in Canada. Toronto: Lorimer.
2012 Co-Editor and Introduction Co-Author with Braun, Keil, King & Pelletier. Beyond the Screen: Institutions, Networks and Publics of Early Cinema. (Essays from Domitor 2010 in Toronto) Eastleigh, UK: John Libbey Publishing.
2011 “The Social Biograph: Newspapers as archives of the regional mass market for movies,” pp. 263-279 in Maltby, Meers & Biltereyst, eds., Explorations in New Cinema History. Malden: Blackwell.
2011 With Sandra Gabriele. “Media R/Evolutions,” pp. 113-134 in Gabriele, Straw & Wagman, eds.,Intersections of Media and Communication. Toronto: Montgomery.
2010 “Early Movie-going in Niagara: From Itinerant Shows to Local Institutions,” pp. 69-90 in Nicks and Grant, eds., Covering Niagara: Studies in Local Popular Culture. Waterloo: Wilfrid Laurier University Press.
2009 With Sandra Gabriele. “The Globe on Saturday, The World on Sunday: The Influence of the American Sunday Newspaper in Toronto, 1886, 1895.” Canadian Journal of Communication 34(3): 337-358.
2008 Now Playing: Early Movie-going and the Regulation of Fun (Toronto 1906-1918). Albany: SUNY Press. (Winner of the 2009 Gertrude J. Robinson Prize of the Canadian Communications Association). 



Research Interests:

Media History; Urban Studies; Mass Society and the Mass Market; Newspapers; Film Exhibition

Prof. Moore studies the history of the mass market and urban modernity in North America. Overall, his work argues that amusement and leisure help constitute modern publics by providing spaces, rhetorics, and logics for collective gathering. His previous project was a social history of the first decade of movie-going in Toronto and the Midwest USA, tracing how the novelty of film became a mass practice through showmanship, regulation, and promotion. Collaborating with Prof. Sandra Gabriele, a forthcoming book examines the development of the weekend newspaper in the 1890s as a cultural technology, animating modernity, central to the institutionalization of mass society.

Teaching Interests

Media History; Communications Theory; Urban Studies; Methodologies

Professor Moore aims to incorporate historical overviews of modernity and communications into courses of all stripes, but his background in math and stats has also led to teaching quantitative methods. Emphasizing service learning and applied practice, for coordinating in teaching Sociology’s methodology curriculum, he and Prof. Noack received the Provost’s Experiential Teaching Award in 2010.

From 2012 to 2015, Moore is serving as Ryerson Director of the Joint with York Graduate Program in Communication and Culture.

Current Courses:

SOC 479: Communities and Social Networks

SOC 483: Advanced Research and Statistics

SOC 490: Sociological Practice (capstone)

CC 8820: Theoretical Approaches to Media and Culture

CC 8836: Weekend Editions and the Intermediality of Popular Culture

CC 8903/9903: Program Seminar in Research & Practice

Professional Affiliations:

Prof. Moore is President of the Film Studies Association of Canada, moderator of the Toronto Film Seminar, and at Ryerson is director of the Canadian Theatre Historical Project ( He has compiled histories of thousands of theatre and cinema buildings across Canada, and consults with local groups to help recover their regional cinema histories. He has been co-editor of Marquee: Journal of the Theatre Historical Society of America, and serves on their awards committee.

Selected Publications & Presentations:

2011 S. Rourke, M. Sobota, R. Tucker, T. Bekele, K. Gibson, S. Greene, C. Price, J. Koornstra, L. Monette, S. Byers, S. Hwang, D. Guenter, J. Dunn, A. Ahluwalia, M. Wilson, J. Bacon "Social determinants of health in HIV/HCV co-Infection compared to HIV infection alone: Results from the "Positive Spaces, Healthy Places Study” published in “Open Medicine” 2011;5(3):120–131
2011 L. Monette, S. Rourke, K. Gibson, T. Bekele, R. Tucker, S. Greene, M. Sobota, J. Koornstra, S. Byers, E. Marks, J. Bacon, J. Watson, S. Hwang,  A. Ahluwalia, J. Dunn, D. Guenter, K. Hambly, S. Bhuiyan, and the Positive Spaces Healthy Places Team Inequalities in Determinants of Health among Aboriginal and Caucasian Persons Living with HIV/AIDS in Ontario: Results from the Positive Spaces, Healthy Places Study published in the Canadian Journal of Public Health, Vol 102, No 3 (2011): May/June 2011.
2009 L. Monette, S.B. Rourke, R. Tucker, S. Greene, M. Sobota, J. Koornstra, S. Byers, A. Ahluwalia, T. Bekele, J. Bacon, C. Johnston, S. Hwang, J. Dunn, D. Guenter, and the Positive Spaces Healthy Places Team. “Housing status and health outcomes in aboriginal people living with HIV/AIDS in Ontario: The Positive Spaces, Healthy Places Study” Published in the Canadian Journal of Aboriginal Community-based HIV/AIDS Research, Volume 2, Winter 2009.
2009 S. Greene, R. Tucker,  S. Rourke, D. Guenter, J. Koornstra, M. Sobota, L. Monette, A.  Ahluwalia, S. Byers, S. Hwang, J. Dunn, J. Watson, P. White. “Under My Umbrella”: The housing experiences of HIV positive parents who live with and care for their childrenPublished in Archives of  Women and Mental Health, 2009, 1-12.
2009 S. Greene, A. Ahluwalia, J. Watson, R. Tucker, S. Rourke, L. Monet, M. Sobota, J.J. Koornstra, Steve Byers. “Between Skepticism and Empowerment: The experiences of peer research assistants in HIV/AIDS, housing and homelessness community-based researchPublished in the International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2009 (Online, September 2009).