About Me

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


Links to the syllabi for my Spring 2023 courses are available in the header. In addition, I supervise the CMS 3901 internships.

In Summer 2023 I am teaching a fully online section of CMS 4610 Social Media. In Fall 2022, I taught Storytelling in Video Games and Global Contexts in Media Studies. In Spring 2022 I taught Introduction to Game Studies.

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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 April 2022 I presented on the topic at the Popular Culture Association’s annual conference .

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).


In Fall 2022 I became the coordinator of the BA in Communication and Media Studies.

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.