About me

Dissertation Defense—April 12, 2023, at the University of Maryland, College Park.

Hi! I’m Matthew, a scholar, teacher, and communicator working at the intersection(s) of digital media, social change, and rhetoric and communication theory.

In Fall 2023, I’ll join Stony Brook University as an IDEA Fellow in Ethical AI, Information Systems, and Data Science and Literacy in the School of Communication and Journalism/Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science® and the Program in Writing and Rhetoric.

My scholarship has appeared in Critical Studies in Media Communication, Women’s Studies in Communication, AoIR Selected Papers in Internet Research, and Communication Teacher.

I received my Ph.D. in Communication (Rhetoric and Political Culture) from the University of Maryland, where I also received my M.A. and a graduate certificate in Digital Studies in the Arts and Humanities. My dissertation was entitled Living a Participatory Life: Reformatting Rhetoric in Demanding, Digital Times.

I teach courses about public deliberation, digital media, social justice, and rhetorical criticism. In Fall 2023, I’ll be teaching COM346: Race, Class, and Gender in Media.

I have also worked as a freelance copy editor, Twitter bot-creatorvideo producer, and journalist.

Please feel free to explore my posts to see my work. You can also view my CV on Academia.edu.

You can reach me on Twitter @matthew_paul or via email at mattsalzano (AT) gmail (DOT) com.