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Faculty and Staff Profile

Pauline Matthey

Senior Lecturer

Office: Strode Tower 402
Phone: 864-656-3855
Personal Website:

 Educational Background

M.A. Communication Studies
Eastern Illinois University 2013

B.A. Communication Studies
Eastern Illinois University 2009

 Courses Taught

Public Speaking (Primarily)
Introduction to Human Communication
Introduction to Communication Studies
Communication Theory
Interpersonal Communication
Intercultural Communication
Applied Communication in Cultural Contexts
Multimodal Communication


Pauline Matthey prides herself in staying involved on and off campus. She is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Communication and as such she enjoys finding creative ways to make the content of her classes relevant to her students. Pauline also has the privilege to serve as a Faculty-in-Residence (FiR) in Calhoun Courts Thornhill Village where she gets to organize programs and activities for her and the residents of her community to engage in intentional interactions. You can follow her FiR adventures on instagram at @Ms.P_CCTV. At Clemson University, she also advises two student organizations, Students Helping Honduras and United Nations Association, and serves on the Basic Course Committee and the Black History Month Planning Committee.

In addition to staying busy on Clemson University campus, Pauline also engages closely with her discipline through conference presentations and as the President of the Carolinas Communication Association for which she organized the 2017 Annual Conference.

Lastly, Pauline makes sure to engage in her community as well. On Wednesdays, you can find her at Perry Correctional Institution in Pelzer, SC, where she leads two programs. She teaches a communication theory class that serves as a frame for dialogues around gender, class, sexual orientation, identity, religion, and more. At the facility, she also leads a theatre group that writes and performs their own plays.

 Research Interests

Interpersonal Communication
Intercultural Communication
Prison Education
Prison Reform
Empowerment through Education
Social Justice

 Research Publications

Matthey, P. (2018). Volunteering behind Bars: Negotiating Roles, Resources, and Relationships. In K. A. Foss (Ed.), Demystifying the Big House: Exploring Prison Experience and Media Representations. Carbondale, IL: Southern Illinois University Press.

Weathers, M. R., Sanderson, J., Matthey, P., Grevious, A., Warren, S., & Tehan, M. (2014). The tweet life of Erin and Kirk: A gendered analysis of sports broadcasters' self- presentation on Twitter. Journal of Sports Media, 9(2), 1-24.

 Honors and Awards

Outstanding Professional Award, Chi Sigma Alpha, Clemson University (Spring 2017)


Demystifying the Big House: Exploring Prison Experience and Media Representations
Carolinas Communication Association Conference
Carolinas Communication Association Facebook Page