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Matt Carlson, Ph.D.

Associate Professor; Graduate Program Coordinator

Courses Taught

Media and Society, Communication, Culture, and Technology, Media and Politics, Film Criticism, Contemporary Issues in Media (graduate)


Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, 2007
M.A.C., University of Pennsylvania, 2002

Research Interests

Carlson's primary research interests are journalism studies, media studies, and cultural studies.

Carlson's work employs a cultural perspective to assess journalism within a changing media and cultural landscape in which basic notions of journalistic authority, identity and professionalism have come to be questioned and challenged. Other research explores tensions between old and new media forms, the development of new media technology, and the role of collective memory among interpretive communities.

Learn more about his research on his website. 

Publications and Media Placements

Carlson, M. (2017). Journalistic authority: Legitimating news in the digital era. New York: Columbia University Press. 

Carlson, M. (2017). Automating judgment? Algorithmic judgment, news knowledge, and journalistic professionalism. New Media & Society, ahead-of-print.

Carlson, M. (2017). Facebook in the news: Social media, journalism, and public responsibility following the 2016 Trending Topics controversy. Digital Journalism, ahead-of-print. 

Carlson, M. (2016). Metajournalistic discourse and the meanings of journalism: Definitional control, boundary work, and legitimation. Communication Theory, 26(4), 349-368.

Carlson, M. (2016). Embedded links, embedded meanings: Social media commentary and news sharing as mundane media criticism. Journalism Studies, 17(7), 915-924.

Honors and Awards

Wolfgang Donsbach Outstanding Journal Article of the Year Award, Journalism Studies division, International Communication Association, 2017

Professional Organizations and Associations

Member, International Communication Association