Matthew Matsaganis is an associate professor of communication in the School of Communication and Information. His research focuses on the role of communication as a determinant of health disparities (related to health care access, reproductive health, and environmental health) in urban communities, and also on how the well-being of neighborhoods can be transformed through communication-centered interventions. In this context, he also investigates how ethnic media can serve critical information needs, including health needs, of immigrant and ethnic communities in the digital age.
In 2018, Matsaganis was a Fulbright Scholar in Athens, Greece. The focus of his work was on revealing strategies that individuals and families employed to cope with the health-related effects of the protracted economic crisis and to examine the role of communication and local communities in the success of these strategies. He continues to conduct research in Greece, collaborating with colleagues from Greek universities and research centers, municipalities in the Attica region, and local nonprofit organizations.
His research has been supported by grants from U.S. federal funding agencies and private foundations. He is a co-author and co-editor of four books and multiple peer-reviewed publications.
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