Matthew Fraser

Associate Professor

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

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Professor Fraser is a specialist in the media, global politics, journalism, and the entertainment industries whose research focuses on the cultural, economic, political and social history and impact of media and online networks such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. He is also the author of several books, notably Weapons of Mass Distraction: Soft Power and American Empire, about the influence of pop culture on geopolitics. 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



  • 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.

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.

* Social media 

* Journalism 

* Media ethics 

* Media industries and economics 

* History of media in political propaganda and war