Matthew Jordan

Film Production and Media Studies, Media Studies

Matthew Jordan

Associate Professor, Head of the Department of Film Production and Media Studies

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  • Film Studies, Media Studies, Sound Culture (Noise-White Noise-Quiet)


  • Bachelor's: Allegheny College
  • Master's: Drew University
  • Ph.D.: Claremont Graduate University



Matt Jordan is a critical media scholar who works on the role of media in everyday culture. He was a double major in history and English at Allegheny College, and earned an MA from Drew University in modern European intellectual history. His doctorate, from Claremont Graduate University, is in European studies.

He teaches undergraduate courses in film studies and directs the film studies minor. His graduate teaching and research explores how popular media forms and media technologies are used to constitute and reify aspects of personal identity and cultural ideology. He has written extensively on the ways in which cultural ideologies are constructed by way of ongoing conversations in and about popular culture in Europe, Britain and America. He is currently working on two books that examine the management and mediation of sound as a problem in global modernity: one that traces the rise and fall of the Klaxon automobile horn as a feature of the early 20th century soundscape, and another that traces the genealogy of “quietness” media technologies and the phenomenon of “commodity quietness” to explain and critique the problematic ubiquity of such technologies today. His essays on media culture and society have appeared in Quartz, The Washington Post, Fortune, The Huffington Post, Scroll, The New Republic, Smithsonian and elsewhere. He was featured in the 2014 film "Happy Valley," and in June 2018 appeared in a Brookings Institution/SSRC broadcast on “The Consequences of Misinformation” on C-SPAN.

He is co-director of Public Humanities Initiative at the Humanities Institute at Penn State, serving as executive producer of the new web series HumIn Focus. Along with serving as a Faculty Senator, and sitting on the board of the Center for Humanities and Information at Penn State, he is currently North American representative to the Board of the Association for Cultural Studies.


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