Hi! I’m Matthew. I’m a scholar, teacher, and communicator. I work at the intersection(s) of digital media, emotions, and activism.
I’m a Ph.D. candidate in Rhetoric and Political Culture in the Department of Communication at the University of Maryland, where I also received my M.A. and a graduate certificate in Digital Studies in the Arts and Humanities. I’m working on a dissertation entitled “Living a Participatory Life: Rhetoric in Demanding, Digital Times” that addresses creating rhetoric—and committing to its practice—under the participatory conditions intensified by algorithmic publics and surveillance capitalism. 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 teach courses about public speaking, public deliberation, digital media, and rhetorical criticism. I am currently serving as the on-site director for Pacific Lutheran University’s International Honors program at the University of Oxford. I am teaching an honors course to PLU students entitled “Digital Identities, Digital Politics” that includes tours of London, Bristol, and Cardiff. At Maryland, I taught “Digital Culture and Civic Life“—an upper-level communication course that explores the relationship of media-making, emotions, and ethics.
You can reach me on Twitter @matthew_paul or via email at mattsalzano (AT) gmail (DOT) com.