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Patrick Keating is an associate professor of communication at Trinity University, where he teaches courses in film and media studies. His primary research is in the history of cinematography with an emphasis on the cultural significance of visual style, drawing on methodologies from cinema studies, American studies, and art history.
At Radcliffe, Keating is writing a technological and aesthetic history of camera movement in Hollywood cinema from the 1920s to the 1970s. Arguing that filmmakers employed the mobile frame to both celebrate and challenge American modernity, this book illustrates how recurring visual motifs express ideas about the dynamism, seriality, and connectedness of an increasingly urban and industrial consumer capitalist culture.
Keating holds a PhD in communication arts from the University of Wisconsin–Madison, an MFA in film production from the University of Southern California, and a BA in film studies from Yale University. His first book, Hollywood Lighting from the Silent Era to Film Noir (Columbia University Press, 2009) was selected by the Society of Cinema and Media Studies for its Best First Book Award. From Trinity University, he received the Junior Faculty Award for Distinguished Teaching and Research. To support his current research, Keating has been named an Academy Film Scholar by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences and a fellow at the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin. His time at the Radcliffe Institute is supported by a Frederick Burkhardt Fellowship for Recently Tenured Scholars from the American Council of Learned Societies.