Thomas Zorabedian


Tom Zorabedian has taught film courses at URI for more than 20 years, such as: FLM101H: Introduction to Film/Media; HPR344: Rebel Images in Films; and HPR344: Images of Masculinity in Films. He has also served as faculty advisor for film-related Honors Program projects.

Before coming to URI, Tom was Assistant Professor of Communication and Theatre at Rhode Island College, where he taught courses in film and television as well as composition, interpersonal communication, and public speaking. Tom has also taught at Salve Regina University (Acting for the Camera) and Boston University.

Tom has worked as a film critic and as a film and video producer/writer, including a documentary on the Armenian genocide, and a live, cable TV series, Club Genius. Also, he has been an extra in several feature films, including Irrational Man, Mystic Pizza, Amistad, and Meet Joe Black.

Tom was co-coordinator of the URI Honors Colloquium, Moving Images, and he produced Visualizations, the URI student film competition for 13 years. He directed the first Master Class for the RI Film Festival with legendary director Robert Downey, Sr. and currently serves on the its board and as a festival judge.

Tom has given numerous presentations on various film topics, such as:

“Hollywood Armageddon”; “War: Film, Press, and Propaganda”; “Eating in the Dark: The Meaning of Food in Film”; “Hollywood and Social Issues in Film”; and “Film Portrayal of the Cold War: In From the Cold, A Russian-American Dialogue.”


The history, meaning, messages, and impact of moving images in film and television as an important cultural force.


Tom earned his BA and MA at URI, and his Ed.D. at Boston University, where he studied with the renowned film historian and scholar, Roger Manvell, first director of the British Film Academy.