Marilyn J. Matelski, Ph.D.
full time faculty - communication department
Dr. Marilyn Matelski is a tenured, full professor and former chair in the Department of Communication at Boston College. Graduating with a BA from Michigan State University in 1972, Matelski went on to the University of Colorado at Boulder, where she received her Ph.D. in 1978. She was hired at BC as an assistant professor that same year.
Initially, Matelski's interests lay in the area of TV/radio production and media studies. Over the years, however, these areas have been amplified into a significant writing agenda, combining issues in mass communication with social change, multiculturalism and intercultural studies.
For much of her research, Matelski has traveled widely and often to various countries in Eastern and Western Europe for books like Vatican Radio: Propagation by the Airwaves (1995), Messages from the Underground (co-authored, 1997), Soap Operas Worldwide (1999), and War and Film in America (co-authored, 2003). Further fieldwork in Beijing, Shanghai and Nanjing contributed to the authenticity of her work in American Businesses in China, co-authored and published in 2003; and revised and expanded for a second edition (2008). After finishing American Businesses, Matelski co-authored another book on higher education in China, entitled The Web of Confucius: Evolution and Revolution in Chinese Higher Education (2009). In 2011, she published an article on Cuba's history of telenovelas; and in 2012, completed an article on Halliburton's role in the Deepwater Horizon crisis as well as a book chapter on John Ford's film career. She is currently working on a future book, dealing with geo-generational differences and cultural identity.
In all, Dr. Matelski has published 14 books, more than 35 articles, and participated in dozens of academic conferences, both at home and abroad. In addition to writing, she enjoys sharing her research and experiences with her students in intercultural communication and cultural diversity courses.