Nathaniel Bell

Adjunct Professor, Department of Cinematic Arts
Phone: (626) 815-6000, Ext. 5297
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Nate Bell was born and raised in the San Fernando Valley. After graduating magna cum laude from Biola University in 2005, he spent time as a freelance film critic, serving as entertainment correspondent for the Los Angeles Daily News and writing a featured column for the faith and culture website, He currently writes for L.A. Weekly.

Bell attended Chapman University’s Dodge College of Film and Media Arts, where he was honored with a Cecil Award for Outstanding Film Scholar of the Year. He graduated with an M.A. in 2013. A film buff of the old school, his favorite subjects include Orson Welles, screwball comedy, and the horror film. He lives in Whittier with his wife and two sons.


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

Academic Area

  • School of Visual and Performing Arts (College of the Arts)


  • Film aesthetics
  • Film criticism
  • Film history

Courses Taught

  • CINE 101 – Christianity and the Creative Process
  • CINE 275 – History of Television and Digital Media
  • CINE 285 – History of Film
  • CINE 341 – Media Criticism and Theory
  • CINE 351 – Film and Social Issues
  • CINE 451 – World Cinema
  • CINE 481 – Contemporary Auteurs