Matthew Brigham (Matt) was born in Bozeman, Montana. He attended Baylor University in Waco, Texas, where he graduated in four years with three majors and a minor, and where he was a member of the debate team. His majors include Political Science, Environmental Studies, and Philosophy. He also completed a minor in Gender Studies.
After graduation, Matt went on to teach communication classes including public speaking, rhetorical process, discussion, argument, and interpersonal communication at the University of Pittsburgh from 2005-2009. During this time, he also worked toward his Ph.D. in Communication, which he is currently completing. His research focuses include persuasion, argument, rhetoric, debate, and environmental communication.
In 2009, he joined the SCOM faculty at James Madison University. He has taught GCOM 121 and 123, and as of Spring 2011 is teaching SCOM 280. Matt has been nominated for a distinguished teaching award and has been chosen for the first class of Madison Research Fellows; he was a 2010-2011 Madison Teaching Fellow, and has received other awards and acknowledgements.
His favorite part about James Madison University is the academic atmosphere. He enjoys the commitment to learning students display, and the willingness faculty members have to go above and beyond their teaching duties to help students and each other succeed in goal attainment.