Matthew W. Ragas, Ph.D., is Academic Director of the M.A. in Public Relations and Advertising program and an Associate Professor in the College of Communication at DePaul University in Chicago. He holds a B.S. in Business Administration (marketing concentration) and an M.S. in Management, both from the University of Central Florida, and a Ph.D. in Mass Communication from the University of Florida. With over a decade of experience in strategic communication and interactive publishing positions, Matt links theory and practice in his research and teaching.
Matt is co-author with colleague Ron Culp of the book, "Business Essentials for Strategic Communicators: Creating Shared Value for the Organization and its Stakeholders" (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014). His interdisciplinary research areas include mass media processes and effects, including news and public opinion, investor relations, corporate media relations, political communication and corporate reputation. His dissertation, which received the Nafziger-White-Salwen dissertation award, explored mass mediated-influence during corporate proxy contests, the most high-profile form of shareholder activism.
His scholarly research has been published or is forthcoming in Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, Mass Communication & Society, Journal of Communication Management, Public Relations Review, Corporate Communications: An International Journal, Journalism Studies, Journalism: Theory, Practice and Criticism, International Journal of Strategic Communication, Journal of Health and Mass Communication, Web Journal of Mass Communication Research, Journal of Interactive Learning Research, and International Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences. He is also the author of chapters in edited books and trade articles. Matt has presented his work, including several Top Papers, at the International Communication Association, the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, the Society of American Business Editors and Writers, and International Public Relations Research conferences.
The author of two trade books with Random House/Crown Business, Matt has consulted for clients in the U.S., Canada, India, and the E.U. on corporate communication strategy and brand positioning. He is an instructor for the Reputation Academy of the Reputation Institute, the world's leading reputation management consultancy. Matt's entrepreneurial background includes being a co-founder and principal of Indie Research, an equity research provider to institutional and individual investors, and the founding editor of RagingBull, a venture capital-backed online investor community (owned by eSignal, Inc.).
Matt is an active member of ICA, AEJMC (2014-2015 chair of the Inez Kaiser graduate students of color awards committee for the public relations division), Page Up (where he serves on the operating and co-chairs the membership committees of this Arthur W. Page Society-affiliated organization for senior communicators), the Society of American Business Editors and Writers (SABEW), the National Investor Relations Institute (NIRI), and the Financial Communications Society (FCS). He has been awarded competitive fellowships with the Coleman Foundation for their faculty entrepreneurship program, the Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism at Arizona State University, The Plank Center for Leadership in Public Relations at The University of Alabama, and The Op-Ed Project.
When he is not working on research or grading papers and projects, Matt maintains the blog RagasReport where he and his wonderful wife Traci share their experiences living in Chicago. He is passionate about good food, traveling, politics and public affairs, sports and the stock market.