Matthew Hale

Matthew Hale

Assistant Professor of Communication Studies

Matthew Hale
Contact Info:
Campus: McNichols Campus
Building: Briggs
Room: 117
Matthew Hale


Matthew Hale earned a double PhD from Indiana University in Communication and Culture and again in Folklore from Indiana University. Hale is an interdisciplinary scholar-practitioner whose work is situated at the intersection of communication, cultural studies and the digital humanities. He teaches courses that focus on social media, content creation, popular culture and the politics of technology. To learn about Hale’s digital content creation and research visit



    • 2021: “How to Use Keynote to Create Better Video Essays.” Flow. Journal, Essentials, Dilemmas, and ProTips: Teaching Media Studies special issue. Flowjournal
    • 2014: “Cosplay: Intertextuality, Public Texts, and the Body Fantastic.” Western Folklore 73(1): 5-37.
    • 2013: “Steampunk: Reimagining Trash and Technology.” Invited Post for the Committee on the Anthropology of Science, Technology, and Computing Blog. Platypus: The Castac Blog
    • 2013 “Airship Captains, Pith Helmets, and Other Assorted Brassy Bits: Steampunk Personas and Material-Semiotics.” New Directions in Folklore (11)1: 3-34.
    • 2012: (Co-Authored Paper with Suzanne Barber). “Enacting the Never-Was: Upcycling the Past, Present, and Future in Steampunk.” In Steaming into a Victorian Future: A Steampunk Anthology. Cynthia Miller and Julie Taddeo, eds. Pp. 165-184. Scarecrow Press.
    • 2012: “Shaping Theory, Bending Method, Tapping [New] Media: Ethnographic Craftsmanship and Responsive Design.” Folklore Forum 42(1): 1-22. Folkloreforum