Nathaniel Bell

Assistant Professor, School of Visual and Performing Arts
Phone: (626) 815-3848
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Nathaniel Scott Bell was born and raised in the San Fernando Valley. While studying film production at Biola University, he directed several award winning short films while simultaneously enrolled in the Torrey Honors Institute, an Oxford style great books program. After graduating magna cum laude in 2005, he spent time writing for various publications, serving as entertainment correspondent for the Los Angeles Daily News and writing a featured column for the faith and culture website,

For his masters studies, Bell attended Chapman University’s Dodge College of Film and Media Arts. He was honored with a Cecil Award for Outstanding Film Scholar of the Year for his thesis on avant-garde filmmaker and cult Hollywood personality, Curtis Harrington. After graduating with an M.A. in film studies in 2013, he began teaching film aesthetics at College of the Canyons in Santa Clarita. A film buff of the old school, his favorite subjects include Orson Welles, European cinema, and screwball comedy. He currently lives in Whittier with his wife, Emily.


  • B.A., Cinema and Media Arts, Biola University
  • M.A., Film Studies, Chapman University

Academic Area

  • School of Visual and Performing Arts (College of Music and the Arts)
    • Department of Cinematic Arts


  • Film aesthetics
  • Film criticism
  • Film history

Courses Taught

  • TFT 101 – Christianity and the Creative Process