Matthew J. A. Craig

Ph.D. Student

Communication & Information

Kent State University

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M.A., Communication 

Western Michigan University (2020)

Advisor: Chad Edwards, Ph.D.


Master's Project: Emotional robots: Examining participant's perceptions of emotionally expressive robots.

Project Committee: Chad Edwards, Ph.D. (Chair), Autumn Edwards, Ph.D. & Bryan Abendschein, Ph.D.

WMU Signature: Teaching & Student Success

Signature Project: Going beyond the library search: Using social media to engage students in evaluating sources.

B.A., Organizational Communication

Western Michigan University (2017)

About me

Originally from Michigan, I recently moved to Ohio to start my Ph.D. in Communication & Information at Kent State University. Before coming to Kent State University, I received my M.A. in Communication and B.A. in Organizational Communication from Western Michigan University.

My research focuses on Human-Machine Communication and privacy management and disclosure. Specifically, I seek to understand how humans communicate identity and negotiate privacy when interacting with and through communicative AI and computer-mediated communication contexts.

In addition to my research, I am a political consultant specializing in campaign start-up logistics, finance, digital media, staff recruitment, and political strategy. Campaigns have been a passion of mine, where I put a tremendous amount of heart into the work I do to help foster change in a community. That's why I'm also a proud member of the American Association of Political Consultants (AAPC).

During my free time, I enjoy exploring nature and taking my dog Luna for long walks. I also enjoy coding in my free time.