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Dr. Stephen Lee
Associate Professor of Communication, Associate Dean, College of Arts & Sciences
Academic/professional background: Dr. Lee received his B.A. in Economics from the University of San Francisco and completed a Ph.D. in Communication from the University of Texas at Austin in 1993. He has worked as a professional researcher, writer and producer for film and television in Texas and Los Angeles. Much of his professional career has been spent building connections between cultural studies approaches to popular culture and the practical application of that theory to film and television production.
Research and creative interests: Dr. Lee's current research examines the production and dissemination of popular music, the film industry and the changing nature of television production. His work has been published in journals such as Popular Music and the Journal of Media Economics.
Dr. Lee also is a professional filmmaker. He produced a film for the Santa Clara sesquicentennial. In 2001 Dr. Lee produced a 30-minute documentary in association with the Noyce Foundation on an innovative elementary school writing literacy program. In 2002, he expanded the documentary to a comprehensive, three-hour version that California school districts involved in the program used for teacher training. Currently, Dr. Lee has secured funding for a new documentary about several families who share the same anonymous sperm donor. Tentatively titled An Extended Family, the film will move into production in early 2013.
Dr. Lee's website associated with his independent film production company is firstpictures.org.
Teaching areas/responsibilities: Dr. Lee teaches basic and advanced television production, introduction to communication, senior thesis, popular culture studies, film and television history, and courses on the film, television and music industries. Much of his teaching is informed by practical working experience as a video producer and his theoretical background in history, economics and cultural studies. In addition to teaching, Dr. Lee served as the director of the Department's visual communication area from 1990 to 2007. He served as Chair of the Communication Department from 2003 to 2007. Currently he is an Associate Dean in the College of Arts and Sciences.