Matthew Fraser

Associate Professor

  • Department: Global Communications
  • Complementary Department(s): International and Comparative Politics
  • Graduate Program(s): 
    Global Communications
  • Office: 
    G- 4th Floor
  • Office Hours: 
    Mondays & Thursdays 13h00-15h00, or by appointment

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Professor Fraser is a specialist in the media and entertainment industries whose research focuses on the cultural, economic, political and social impact of the internet and online social networks such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. His most recent book, Throwing Sheep in the Boardroom, examined the impact of online social networks on social interaction, organizational behavior, and political mobilization. He is also the author of Weapons of Mass Distraction: Soft Power and American Empire. Before joining The American University of Paris faculty he was a newspaper columnist, editor-in-chief and television host in Canada. He occasionally contributes to international media such as the BBC, CNN, The Guardian and New York Times on issues related to media and France. 


  • DEA, PhD, Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris
  • Graduate studies: London School of Economics, Oxford University, Paris-Sorbonne I
  • MJ, Carleton University, Ottawa
  • BAA, Ryerson University, Toronto
  • BA, Victoria College, University of Toronto


On January 12, 2014, Professor Fraser published Alleged Hollande affair shows 'old rules no longer apply' on, an article about the sex scandals and the media in France.


  • Throwing Sheep in the Boardroom (Wiley, 2009)
  • Weapons of Mass Distraction (St Martin's, 2005)
  • Free for All (Stoddart, 1999)
  • Quebec Inc (Key Porter, 1987) 

Conferences & Lectures

  • Social Media Week, Paris: speaker and moderator on panels.


Institut des Amériques 

Research Areas

The role of the Web and online social networks in civil engagement, election campaigns, political mobilization and protest. The impact of the Web on existing models of media and information production, the emergence of new models of journalism, and their impact on established media, political and economic elites.