Matt Reichel is a doctoral student in media studies specializing in the interplay between emergent digital communication technologies and radical social movements, with side interests in revolutionary theory, post-Marxist thought, post-modernism, and independent journalism. Prior to commencing his doctoral studies at Rutgers, Reichel worked as a freelance writer and journalist for several reputable online publications, including Alternet, Salon and Counterpunch.
Reichel obtained his undergraduate degree in political science and history at the University of Illinois (Urbana) and his master’s degree in diplomacy and international relations at the American Graduate School of Paris. All the while, he has ever been engaged in praxis: working to put his theoretical view of social change into action. Among other things, he was one of the leaders of the anti-Iraq War movement in Urbana in 2002-2003, and has subsequently been involved in various capacities with the Green Party, the Occupy movement, and the French student movement against the “First Employment Contract” in 2005-2006. His research currently focuses on the role of discourse and pedagogy in realizing radical breaks in social consciousness and structure, and how the interaction between ideas, discourse and society have been altered in the digital age.
American Graduate School (Paris)
M.A., International Relations and Diplomacy
University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign)
B.A., Political Science