Matthew Payne

Matthew Payne headshot

Associate Professor
Ph.D. in Media Studies, University of Texas at Austin
MFA in Film Production, Boston University

Phone: 574-631-0817


Areas of specialization: new media studies, video game studies, media literacy, media production, and military entertainment

Classes: Transmedia Storytelling, Media & War, New Media Studies, Video Essay, Video Game Studies

Matthew Payne is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Film, Television, & Theater specializing in the critical analysis of emerging media and the cultural history of video games. He is author of Playing War: Military Video Games after 9/11 (NYU Press, 2016), and is a co-editor of the anthologies Flow TV: Television in the Age of Media Convergence (Routledge, 2011)—along with FTT’s Michael Kackman—and Joystick Soldiers: The Politics of Play in Military Video Games (Routledge, 2010). Matthew has taught a range of media studies and film/video production courses at the university level, and he has conducted industry research for Warner Brothers. He is currently working on a book project that historicizes the influence of Ultima, an early computer role-playing game. Matthew also serves as a regional director for the Learning Games Initiative, a multi-institute research collective dedicated to archiving games and gaming ephemera, and to distributing these materials to educators for classroom instruction. He is new to northern Indiana and is irrationally terrified of Midwestern winters.

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