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Professor, Sociology, Toronto Metropolitan University

Paul Moore is Professor of Sociology and media historian, specializing in the interplay of movie-going and newspaper-reading. Overall, his work argues that amusement and leisure help constitute modern publics by providing spaces, rhetorics, and logics for collective gathering. Recent research, Circuits of Cinema, tells the history of film and media distribution from the earliest days of travelling shows to global blockbusters. A new project considers Hollywood’s relation to Madison Ave. in print, radio & tv campaigns. Collaborating with Sandra Gabriele (Concordia University), a forthcoming book examines the development of the Sunday newspaper in the 1890s as a cultural technology, animating modernity, central to the institutionalization of mass society.


  • 2006–present
    Professor, Ryerson University
  • 2004–2006
    Postdoctoral fellow, University of Chicago


  • 2004 
    York University, PhD


  • 2021
    (with S. Gabriele) The Sunday Paper and its Supplements: A Media History, University of Illinois Press
  • 2021
    (with J. Whitehead) Movie-going in Stereoscope: Film advertising in diasporic communities in urban Canada, Handbook of Ethnic Media in Canada
  • 2019
    'Bought, Sold, Exchanged and Rented': The Early Film Exchange and the Market in Second-hand Films in New York Clipper Classified Ads., Film History
  • 2018
    ‘It Pays to Plan ‘Em’: The Newspaper Movie Directory and the Paternal Logic of Mass Consumption, Companion to New Cinema History
  • 2016
    Ephemera as Medium: The Afterlife of Lost Films, The Moving Image
  • 2012
    Mapping the Mass Circulation of Early Cinema: Film Debuts Coast to Coast in Canada in 1896 and 1897, Canadian Journal of Film Studies
  • 2011
    The Social Biograph: Newspapers as Archives of the Regional Mass Market for Movies, Explorations in New Cinema History
  • 2008
    Now Playing: Early Movie-going and the Regulation of Fun (Toronto, 1906-1920), SUNY Press

Grants and Contracts

  • 2015
    Circuits of Cinema: Itinerant Showmanship in North America, 1895-1907
    Funding Source:
    Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada
  • 2008
    Animating Modernity: The Weekend Newspaper in North America, 1889-1922
    Funding Source:
    Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada