Faculty & Staff

Matthew Pittman

Matthew Pittman

Doctoral Student

138 Franklin Building

Drawing on a decade of various ecclesiastical experience, Matt is interested in consumer behavior, social media, and television, particularly binge-watching. Matt is a strategic communication consultant, an adjunct instructor at Northwest Christian University, and a recovering Media Ecologist.

Website: http://www.matthewpittman.net


PhD in Media Studies, University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication, 2017 (expected)
MDiv, Theology, Culture and Arts, Fuller Theological Seminary, 2013
BA, Media Arts & Design, James Madison University, 2003

Recent citations/publications/professional work:


Pittman, Matthew. “Creating, Consuming, and Connection: Examining the Relationship Between Social Media Engagement and Loneliness.” The Journal of Social Media & Society. (2015)

Pittman, Matthew, & Alec Tefertiller. “With or without you: Connected viewingand co-viewing Twitter activity for traditional appointment and asynchronous broadcast television models. First Monday 20(6). (2015)


Eanes, Ryan, and Matthew Pittman. (With editor.) “Foundations as a Future: How Landmark Media Theories Can Propel and Provoke Future Internet Research.” In Volume 2 of the International Handbook of Internet Research, edited by Jeremy Hunsinger, Lisbeth Klastrup, and Matthew Allen. (Forthcoming in 2016)

Pittman, Matthew, and Tom Bivins. (With editor.) “Just War Craft: The Virtue Ethics of Dota 2.” In Media Ethics, edited collection, edited by Paul Booth and Amber Davidson. (2015)

Pittman, Matthew, and Ryan S. Eanes. (With editor.) “So Many Choices, So Little Choice: Streaming Media, Artificial Intelligence, and the Illusion of Control.” In Remote Control: Essays on the Nature of Connection, Communication, and Control-at-a-Distance, edited by Robert MacDougall. (2015)


2015-2016  Anderson Family Fellowship—scholarship for work in journalism ethics
2015-2016  Columbia Scholarship Graduate scholarship for exceptional academic skill and creativity
2015  Certificate, New Media & Culture, University of Oregon
2014-2015  General University Scholarship, University of Oregon—academic achievement and leadership scholarship
2014-2015  Anderson Family Fellowship—scholarship for work in journalism ethics
2014  Membership, Kappa Tau Alpha—National Honor Society in Journalism & Mass Communication

Areas of Expertise

Social media
Binge watching