Faculty Biography


George, Matt Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

College of Humanities and Social Sciences
1166 Fort Street Mall, FS-212
Honolulu, HI 96813
Phone:  (808) 566-2478
Fax:  (808) 544-0835
E-mail:  mgeorge@hpu.edu
Fall 2013 Office Hours:  M 10:30-11:30, R 10:45-11:45, 2:00-3:00


MA: Classical and Modern Rhetoric, University of California, Berkeley, 1990

Ph.D. Rhetoric and Film Studies, University of California, Berkeley, 1996

BA: Rhetoric, University of California, Berkeley, with Honors, 1988

Professional Experience:
Consultant and Coordinator, Antonio Miro Fashions, Barcelona
Consultant and Professional Trainer, Gray Communications, San Francisco
Curriculum developer, SIAT Communications, Seoul, Korea

Matt George is a professor in the MA/COM program teaching scholarly communication, international communication, qualitative research methods, narrative for communications research, media criticism and special topics classes.

George joined the Hawaii Pacific University faculty in the summer of 2007 after serving visiting professorships at Loyola Marymount University and Kyungsung University in South Korea.

During his three-year stint in Asia, George traveled the continent and served as a curriculum developer for SIAT Communications.

Prior to that, George worked as a professional development trainer for Gray Communications in San Francisco, as a consultant and coordinator at Antonio Miro Fashions in Barcelona, Spain and played in a punk-pop band in Germany.

George is interested in exploring qualitative descriptions of media effects and persuasive messages. One particularly lingering area of study--the rhetoric of sexuality and stigma--dovetails nicely with his use of media reception theory and his expertise in wide range of interdisciplinary and intercultural approaches to rhetoric and communication studies.

Trained in the history of classical and modern rhetoric, sociology of culture, film and literary criticism and the anthropology of the body, the potency of truthful speech remains George's ultimate secret weapon.   George explicitly shares his trained judgment and his situated viewpoint from a culturally aware and ethically self-cognizing stance. This manner of imparting knowledge relies upon ancient rhetorical effects of discourse: timing and kairos, performativity and self-reflexion – and not to mention dexterous verbal manipulations of psychic email and other forms of audience interaction with student audiences that indelibly mark the DR G lecture experience.

George is currently working on turning his rock opera FOAMSTAR! into a novel.   Previously, George authored a collection of unpublished critical essays on such films as Eyes Wide Shut, The Matrix and Animatrix, Bladerunner, In the Mood for Love and 2046, The Bride of Frankenstein, Ghost in the Shell, Save the Green Planet and V for Vendetta.   The working title for this ongoing collection of film and social criticism, is Making the Future Female: 2001-2046, which will also be the topic for a class he will teach in the summer of 2008.

In his spare time, George enjoys yoga and tai-chi, body-boarding, roller-blading, hiking and cross-country skiing.