About Me

Dr. Steve Spence
Professor of Media Studies
PhD, U Florida, 1999


My newest course, Introduction to Game Studies, will debut in Spring 2022. I taught Storytelling in Video Games in Fall 2021. Links to the syllabi for my current courses are available in the header.

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I’m currently working on an article that focuses on the structuring of time in The Last of Us video games.

In August 2021 I contributed to and curated a theme week for In Media Res called “Transmedia Vikings.”

In 2017 I published two articles on Mathieu Kassovitz’s film La Haine:

These developed from a paper, “Hip Hop Aesthetics in La Haine,” delivered at the annual conference of the Society for Cinema and Media Studies. Other recent papers include “Eyes on the Prize and the Music of Black Power” (SCMS 2016) and two on Upstream Color.

My paper “History with a Soundtrack: YouTube, Vernacular History, and Tupac Shakur” is included in the conference proceedings from the first Tupac Amaru Shakur Collection Conference. My book chapter “The Virtual Spaces of Civil Rights” appeared in volume 2 of Cinephilia in the Age of Digital Reproduction (Wallflower – Columbia UP, 2012). My article “Globalization and the U.S. Civil Rights Movement” appeared in Public Culture (23.3).


Among other assignments, I chair the university’s Information Technology Council. I am a member of Clayton State’s chapter of AAUP, the American Association of University Professors.