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Michael J. Meindl

Michael J. Meindl, Science and Technology Studies Student

Michael J. Meindl, Science and Technology Studies Student
Michael J. Meindl, Science and Technology Studies Student

Department of  Science, Technology, and Society
Blacksburg, VA 24061

Mr. Meindl received his M.F.A. in Dramatic Media from the University of Georgia. He also holds an M.A. and B.A. in Theatre Studies from Oklahoma State University and the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, respectively. He has done practical and scholarly work in a variety of areas, including theatre, film, and animation.

As a scholar, Michael focuses primarily on the relationship between media, science, and technology. He has presented at a variety of regional, national, and international conferences, including those sponsored by the Society for the Social Studies of Science (4S), the Society for the History of Technology (SHOT), the Society for Animation Studies (SAS), and the Popular Culture Association (PCA). He currently has two essays accepted for publication. One focuses on the representation of science and technology in both Jaws and Mythbusters and will be part of a collection of works celebrating the 50th anniversary of Jaws. The other explores the use of specific types of sources when doing history of animation research and will be part of a special “doing animation history” issue of Animation: An International Journal.

As a video artist, he has worked with the National Geographic Channel, providing motion-capture services, as well as the New York Public Library and the Carnegie Corporation of New York, filming special events (some of his footage has been shown to the United States Congress).


  • Animation History
  • Cinematic Technology
  • History of Technology
  • Media Studies
  • Film History
  • MFA in Dramatic Media, University of Georgia, 2011.
  • MA in Theatre Studies, Oklahoma State University, 2007.
  • BA in Theatre Studies, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 2004.
  • Presenter – “Animating Interruptions: Disney, the Multiplane Camera, and STS” – 4S – Fall 2019
  • Presenter – “The Camera Room: The Reluctant Dragon and Disney’s Multiplane Camera” – PCA – Spring 2019
  • Presenter – “History of Animation and Technology” – Doing Animation History – Spring 2019
  • Moderator/Coordinator – Science, Technology, and the Screen – Radford University – Fall 2018
  • Presenter – “From Hillbillies to Inventors” – PCAS – Fall 2017
  • Presenter – “The Other Side of Hillbilly Mountain: Re-examining Appalachian Stereotypes in 1930s Animated Films” – PCA/ACA and Appalachian Studies – Spring 2017
  • Presenter – “Subverting Science from the Bus: The Magic School Bus and Perceptions of Science” – PCAS – Fall 2018
  • Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association (PCA/ACA)
  • Society for Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS)
  • Society for Animation Studies (SAS)
  • Society for the Social Studies of Science (4S)
  • Society for the History of Technology (SHOT)