Matthew Chase is known by many names. A woman from the train once called him a nice young gentleman. The students at his library revere him as a Viking giant. Even his youngest sister affectionately considers him a creature of darkness. Matthew is sometimes regarded as an academic, with master’s degrees in sociological practice as well as library and information sciences, seeking to forge a librarianship founded on social justice and public advocacy.
His past research addresses a variety of topics ranging from literacy education to Latina/o cultural centers on college campuses to sexual fantasizing. His thesis work focused on how Twitter-based social justice discourses were shaped, with an emphasis in the roles of digital violence and counter-frames. To learn more, here’s the link to his thesis. Matthew is currently leading a research project exploring the very complicated media representations of monsters
and how they reflect greater social inequalities.
In the spare time he can’t really afford, Matthew enjoys writing semi-poetic doodles and speculative fiction. He is also a neurotic polyamorous reader, juggling too many books at one time and never quite having enough opportunities to finish them. It doesn’t help that he works at a library too.