Matt Ragas is academic director of the MA in Public Relations and Advertising program and an associate professor in the College of Communication where he teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in corporate communication, corporate social responsibility (CSR), entrepreneurship, media relations, and digital and traditional public relations. He holds a BS in business administration (marketing concentration) and an MS in management, both from the University of Central Florida. He earned his PhD in mass communication from the University of Florida. Topics of Ragas’s interdisciplinary research include corporate media relations, investor relations, news and public opinion, corporate reputation, and political public relations. With a decade of experience working in digital-oriented strategic communication and interactive publishing positions, he links theory and practice in his teaching and research.
Ragas is the co-author, with Ron Culp, of the book Business Essentials for Strategic Communicators: Creating Shared Value for the Organization and its Stakeholders (Palgrave Macmillan/St. Martin's Press). He is the author of two trade books, The Power of Cult Branding (Crown/Random House) and Lessons from the E-Front (Prima/Random House), and his scholarly research has been published or is forthcoming in Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, Mass Communication & Society, Journalism Studies, Journal of Communication Management, Corporate Communications, Public Relations Review, International Journal of Strategic Communication, Journalism: Theory, Practice and Criticism, Case Studies in 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 the author of a variety of chapters in edited books and he has contributed to The Chronicle of Higher Education, NIRI's IRupdate, PRNews, PRSA's The Public Relations Strategist and Public Relations Tactics, and the Institute for Public Relations. Ragas serves on the editorial board of Case Studies in Strategic Communication and as an invited reviewer for more than dozen academic journals.
Ragas is a recipient of the college's excellence in teaching award, DePaul ENGAGE socially responsible faculty awards, the Nafziger-White-Salwen dissertation award from AEJMC, and several other teaching or research awards and nominations. He is most proud of serving as faculty advisor on seven winning Arthur W. Page Society/Institute for Public Relations case study competition cases authored by his graduate students.
A New Orleans native, Ragas is passionate about good food, traveling, the stock market, politics and public affairs, and sports (go Florida Gators, UCF Knights, New Orleans Saints, all Chicago teams, and the Blue Demons, of course). He lives in the South Loop with his better half, Traci, and their trusty companion, Mabel Mae, a rescue dog.
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