Richard Ward, PhD
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Richard Ward, PhD
Department Chair

Research Interests

  • Film and Television History


Dr. Richard L. Ward is an Associate Professor in the Communication Department at the University of South Alabama. He has published articles on film and broadcast history in Media History and Studies in Popular Culture and is the author of "A History of the Hal Roach Studios" (Southern Illinois University Press, 2005). His book on another early film company, "When the Cock Crows: A History of the Pathé Exchange," is scheduled for publication by Southern Illinois University Press in July 2016.

Ward's short films have been shown at the Naperville Independent Film Festival, the Oxford Film festival, the Gulf Coast Film Festival and the Sun and Sand Festival, and his short film comedy Doppelgangster won a Golden Lion award at the 2003 George Lindsay/UNA Film Festival.

Ward earned a B.A. in Cinema Production from the University of Southern California in 1975, an M.S. in Mass Communication from the University of Southern Mississippi in 1978, and a Ph.D. in Radio-TV-Film from the University of Texas at Austin in 1995. He resides with his wife in Pass Christian, a small town on the Mississippi Gulf Coast that was devastated by Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and seriously impacted by the BP oil spill in the summer of 2010.




Ward, Richard. When the Cock Crows: A History of the Pathé Exchange. (In Press, Scheduled for June 2016 Publication). Southern Illinois University Press.

Ward, Richard. The History of the Hal Roach Studios. (Hardcover 2005, Paperback 2006). Southern Illinois University Press.


Ward, Richard. (2009) Even a Tramp can Dream: The Clash Between High Art and Low Art in the Films of Charlie Chaplin. Studies in Popular Culture, 32:1, Fall, 2009

Ward, Richard. (2009) Carving the Rooster: The Last Years of the Pathé Exchange. Media History, 15:2.

Ward, Richard. (2007) The Price of Independence: The Rolin Film Company's Quest for Distribution. In Frank Kessler and Nanna Verhoeff (eds.) Networks of Entertainment: Early Film Distribution 1895 – 1915. John Libbey Publishing.

Film and Video Production

The Sad Waltz (2010) an eleven-minute documentary.
Mary's Lucky Day (2009) a six-minute 16mm film.

The Little Rascals: The Complete Collection (An 8 disc DVD set released nationally in October, 2008) On-camera interview for two bonus documentaries on the Our Gang comedies, on-camera host introduction for Disc Four, and audio commentary tracks for three of the films.

For more publications by Dr. Ward, please see his CV.

Courses taught at the University of South Alabama:

  • CA 241 Television Studio Production
  • CA 340 Television Field Production
  • CA 343 Film History
  • CA 344 Film and Television Genres
  • CA 351 Social Effects of Mass Communication
  • CA 356 Broadcast/Cable Program Management
  • CA 390 Motion Picture Production
  • CA 440 Advanced Television Field Production
  • CA 441 Advanced Television Studio Production
  • CA 500 Introduction to Graduate Studies in Communication
  • CA 540 Moving Image Structures and Processes
  • CA 590 Advanced Motion Picture Production 
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