Communication and Media Studies Department

Matthew Killmeier Ph.D.

Chair and Associate Professor of Communication and Media Studies
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Office Location

Communication and Media Studies House, 126 Bedford Street, Portland




Matthew Killmeier joined the faculty in the fall of 2005.  He received his B.A. in communication from the University of Louisville, and his M.A. in journalism and Ph.D. in mass communications from the University of Iowa.

Matthew’s primary research interest is the cultural history of U.S. radio.  His current project focuses on mystery-thriller radio programs from the 1930s-1950s.  He is interested in these programs’ interconnections with pulp magazines, films, and TV programs, their production, and what they can tell us about U.S. culture during a period of great change.  A secondary research interest is on the radio writing of Arch Oboler, one of the most esteemed American radio dramatists of the 1930s and 1940s.  Matthew’s recent publications have focused on the mystery-thriller programs Dark Fantasy and The Witch’s Tale, and Arch Oboler’s radio film adaptations of The Adventures of Mark Twain.

Matthew regularly teaches Introduction to Media Studies, Introduction to Cinema Studies, and Journalism Reporting and Writing.  He also teaches Consumer Culture, Writing Opinion, Film Genres, History of International Cinema to 1945, Film Genres (horror), Media and Social Theory, and Critical Perspectives on News.  He’s also excited to be teaching a new course on Radio Drama.

Matthew is the chair of the Department of Communication and Media Studies and serves on the executive board of the faculty union and the board of directors for community radio station WMPG.

When he’s not working, Matthew enjoys listening to podcasts, reading the New York Times, watching movies, and, weather permitting, fishing, canoeing, and hiking.