|OFFICE: BLTN 309D
PERSONAL WEBSITE: www.matthewmay.net
|Dr. May’s research demonstrates the central importance of communication scholarship in addressing the unresolved issues of freedom and social justice that ordinary citizens face in the twenty-first century. More specifically, his research explores the unspent potential of alternatives to modernity as imagined by labor orators during the Gilded Age and the Progressive Era. For example, in his recent book, Soapbox Rebellion, Dr. May illustrates how struggles in the early twentieth-century for freedom of expression among migratory workers shed light on contemporary social movements, such as Occupy Wall Street, and unresolved concerns about corporate influence in American politics. He strives to include graduate students in his research projects and has a deep passion for teaching. He is currently at work on a new book—tentatively titled Vernacular Eloquence in the American Labor Movement—that explores the discursive field of opposition to the First World War in the speeches of Eugene V. Debs, Helen Keller, and William D. “Big Bill” Haywood. Dr. May currently serves on the Editorial Board of the Quarterly Journal of Speech, First Amendment Studies, and Communication Law Review.