Paul Zinder is an award-winning filmmaker and a published writer in media studies who has taught media production, film and television studies, and screenwriting for over twenty years.

In 2015, Paul was commissioned to produce and direct the short documentary Signwriter for the U.K.-based Canal & River Trust.   His Italian-language shorts          Uno degli Ultimi (One of the Last)Benedizione delle Bestie (Benediction of the Beasts), and Robot e Pinocchi (Robots and Pinocchios) screened at over 50 international film festivals and won nine awards.

Paul edited the collection The Multiple Worlds of Fringe: Essays on the J. J. Abrams’ Science Fiction Series (with Tanya R. Cochran and Sherry Ginn), which was published by McFarland in 2014.  His writing on genre and cult television also appears in Justified and Philosophy (2015), Contemporary Westerns: Film and Television since 1990 (2013), The Last Western: Deadwood and the End of American Empire (2013), Investigating Veronica Mars: Essays on the Teen Detective Series (2011), and Investigating Alias: Secrets and Spies (2007).

He has presented papers on Awake, Battlestar Galactica, The Descent, Justified, and Unforgiven at both national and regional conferences of the American Popular Culture Association from 2010 – 2017 and a paper on the British series Strictly Come Dancing  at the Guilty Pleasures in Contemporary Television conference in Belfast, Northern Ireland in 2014.