Matthew Matsaganis

Ph.D., University of Southern California
Associate Professor
Director of Undergraduate Studies

Matthew MatsaganisTeaching and Research Areas: Organizational Communication, Health Communication, Communication and Technology, Political Communication
Office: SS 329
Phone: (518) 442-4860
Fax: (518) 442-3884

Curriculum Vitae (pdf)

Research Interests

My research represents a systematic effort to locate communication in the burgeoning, multidisciplinary research on how the places people live in impact their lives, and to investigate two interrelated questions: (a) How do the places where individuals bodily experience the conditions of everyday life—i.e., their residential communities—shape communication and how are they shaped by communication? And (b) how does communication—conceptualized as the foundational social process through which people, organizations, institutions, and communities organize and make sense of their activities—mediate the impact of place on individuals’ lives, including, their self-identity, their level of civic engagement, and their physical and mental well-being?

To answer these questions I have engaged in four lines of research that cut across subfields of the communication discipline, including health, organizational, and mass communication. Employing both quantitative and qualitative methods, my work has addressed: communication as determinant of health and health disparities in urban communities, the roles of ethnic media in increasingly diverse communities (from a consumption, production, and policy perspective), and digital inequalities and the social impact of new communication technologies.

My broader research topics of interest include:

  • Health Communication and Health Disparities
  • Civic Engagement and Community Capacity Building
  • Neighborhood Effects
  • Organizational Communication  
  • Ethnic, Diasporic, Immigrant, and Minority Media
  • Communication Technologies and Communication Policy
  • Urban Communication

My research informs my teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. In the fall semester, I will be teaching the core course in organizational communication for M.A. and Ph.D. students. In the spring semester I will be teaching a graduate seminar on health literacy (COM 670, Health Literacy: Patients, Organizations, Societies), as well as an upper level undergraduate course on ethnic media (COM 389) in the United States and beyond.

Updated June 2014