Faculty Experts - Matthew R. Kerbel, Ph.D.

Matthew R. Kerbel, Ph.D.

Matthew R. Kerbel, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair
Department of Political Science
Villanova University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Area of Expertise:

  • Politics and the Media
  • American Government
  • The Presidency


More and more, getting elected and staying in office hinges on a politician's skill in using technology and new media. Dr. Kerbel is the "go to" source for stories about political communication - how politicians, political parties and governmental bodies interact with traditional media - newspapers, radio and television - and use new media - Internet Web sites, blogs, social media and podcasts, to gain advantage. With his firsthand experience as a television and radio writer, and as a leading researcher and author on politics and media, Kerbel is frequently interviewed on this vital subject.


  • Ph.D., The University of Michigan
  • M.A., The University of Michigan
  • B.A., State University of New York at Binghamton

Selected Publications

  • Kerbel, Matthew R., Netroots: Online Progressives and the Transformation of American Politics, Paradigm Publishers, 2009.
  • Kerbel, Matthew R., American Government: Your Voice, Your Future, Atomic Dog Publishing, Cincinnati, 2006.
  • Kerbel, Matthew, R., Get This Party Started, How Progressives Can Fight Back and Win (editor) Rowman and Littlefield, Lanham, Md., 2006.
  • Kerbel, Matthew R., If It Bleeds, It Leads: An Anatomy of Television News, Westview Press, Boulder, Colo. 2000.
  • Kerbel, Matthew R., Remote and Controlled: Media Politics in a Cynical Age, Second Edition, Westview Press, Boulder, Colo., 2009.

Selected Professional Experience

  • Television and radio news writer; frequent interviewee on local/regional television and radio
  • Bryn Mawr College, Visiting Associate Professor
  • The University of Michigan, Lecturer
  • Eastern Michigan University, Visiting Assistant Professor

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