Ph.D., M.A., Syracuse University
B.S., Cornell University
Dr. Todd Sodano teaches classes in television history, writing, and production at St. John Fisher College. He helped to develop Fisher’s film and television studies minor in 2015 and served as its first program director. He has inspired students to pursue careers in television, film, and video storytelling.
Dr. Sodano’s advanced production classes have premiered their semester-long television and film projects to packed houses at The Little Theatre in downtown Rochester. He has traveled with his students to New York City to engage in professional development, networking, and benchmarking, in which they tour landmark media buildings and museums, and meet with media and communication professionals—many of whom are Fisher alums.
He earned his bachelor's degree from Cornell University, and his master's and his doctorate from Syracuse University. An HBO fanatic, Dr. Sodano wrote his dissertation on The Wire and once appeared as an extra on The Sopranos.
He has spoken at Harvard Law School and Emerson College and has published articles about teaching The Wire, today’s TV-viewing behaviors, post-9/11 television programming, and emerging educational technologies.
- Television’s Paradigm (Time)shift: Production and Consumption Practices in the Post-Network Era, Time in Television Narrative: Exploring Temporality in 21st Century Programming (edited by Melissa Ames), 2013.
- Nine Innings and 9/11: Tragedy, the Passage of Time, and America’s Pastime, Identity and Myth in Sports Documentaries (edited by Z. Ingle and D.M. Suerta), 2012.
- Integrating Lecture Capture as a Teaching Strategy to Improve Student Presentation Skills Through Self-Assessment, Active Learning in Higher Education, 2011. Co-authored with C. Smith.