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Micheal C. Pounds
MA, Cinema Studies
BA, American Studies
Micheal Charles Pounds, Ph.D. joined the faculty of California State University at Long Beach in August 1989 where he currently holds the rank of full professor. His pursuit of an academic career included positions as associate professor on the faculties of California State University in San Bernardino and Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey and as assistant professor on the faculty of the University of North Florida. During 1985, he accepted an appointment as Visiting Faculty from IBM's Thomas J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights. In the IBM position, Pounds held full editorial responsibility for the Computing Services Department's monthly newsletter. At IBM he wrote articles on various computer research topics, developed user guide materials, and researched and wrote publicity materials on research uses for PCs.
In his current position at Long Beach his responsibilities are split between those that are academic and others that are administrative. As a professor/instructor he has taught courses on communication theory, media history, aesthetics and criticism, television, film, and audio production, and writing for the media. His research interests have produced several academic publications, papers and research grant awards. His most current work an article entitled ntitled Star Trek Generations and Race in Space: The Representation of Ethnicity in ion (the latter available directly from Scarecrow Press (1-800-462-6420) that examine the relationship between American television and its ethnic images. His articles have been published in Semiotics 1984, Semiotics 1985, Quarterly Review of Film and Video, and Quarterly DEC Journal. His review of Mark Reid's Redefining Black Film appears in Film Quarterly.
Beyond these academic accomplishments, in 1989 Pounds wrote, directed and edited a video documentary entitled JUST LIKE YOU that explores race relations on a southern California university campus from the perspective of Mexican American and African American male and female undergraduates. While on the faculty of the University of North Florida, Pounds proposed, designed, and supervised the installation of a multimedia production facility for that institution's instructional and public relations needs. His creative interests in media are expressed by two feature-length motion picture scripts and a full treatment for a third.
In preparation for a career as an educator/researcher, Pounds completed graduate studies at New York University in the disciplines of Cinema Studies and Communication. In November of 1981, after successfully defending his thesis, entitled "Details in Black: A Case Study Investigation and Analysis of the Content of the United States War Department Motion Picture THE NEGRO SOLDIER, (Vol. I and II)," he was conferred the degree of Doctor of Philosophy.
Pounds a native of Baltimore, Maryland and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Maryland. He is the younger of two sons of Moses Belt, Sr. and Katherine McCutchen Pounds both deceased. His father owned a small trucking business and died in 1992. His mother was a highly skilled electronics technician whose career lead from aircraft to aerospace and died in 1996. His brother, Moses Belt, Jr., earned his doctorate from the University of California at Berkeley in medical anthropology and holds joint appointments as Assistant Professor of Medical Anthropology at Johns Hopkins University and the University of Maryland. He is retired as Project Manager with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and works for the U.S. Embassy in Kathmandu, Nepal as a special assistant to the American ambassador on refugees with his wife, Ann McCauley, Ph.D., who is the director of USAID for the US Department of State in Nepal.