Ph.D., M.A., Syracuse University
B.S., Cornell University
Originally from Fort Lee, New Jersey, Todd earned his bachelor's degree from Cornell University, and his master's and doctorate from Syracuse University. An HBO fanatic, he wrote his dissertation on The Wire and once appeared as an extra on The Sopranos.
Sodano teaches classes in television history, video production, and media studies.
Dr. Sodano has managed production operations for the S.I. Newhouse School of Communications at Syracuse University, and also has worked in television production at NBA Entertainment, Inc. At Fisher, he developed the film and television studies minor in 2015. Currently, he serves as director of the program.
Dr. Sodano has inspired students to pursue careers in television, film, and video production. His advanced production classes have premiered their semester-long, class-wide projects to packed houses at The Little Theatre in downtown Rochester. His students have traveled to New York City for annual benchmarking trip, in which they tour landmark media buildings and museums, and meet with media and communication professionals—many of whom are Fisher alums.
Dr. Sodano 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. He was the 2013 recipient of Fisher’s Father Dorsey Award, which honors a faculty member dedicated to the student life experience both in and out of the classroom.
- Sodano, T. "Television’s Paradigm (Time)shift: Production and Consumption Practices in the Post-Network Era.” Time in Television Narrative: Exploring Temporality in 21st Century Programming (Ames, Melissa, ed.). Jackson, MS: University Press of Mississippi, 2013.
- Sodano, T. "Nine Innings and 9/11: Tragedy, the Passage of Time, and America’s Pastime.” Identity and Myth in Sports Documentaries (Ingle, Z. and D.M. Suerta, eds.). Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, 2012, 15-28.
- Smith, C. and T.M. Sodano. "Integrating Lecture Capture as a Teaching Strategy to Improve Student Presentation Skills Through Self-Assessment.” Active Learning in Higher Education. 12(3) (Nov. 2011): 151-162.