Tammy Matthews
PhD Student

Tammy Matthews, a native Chicagoan, worked in major-market print media for nearly 15 years. She was the special sections editor for the Chicago Sun-Times and its north suburban editions of the Pioneer Press. She continued as a freelance special sections editor after relocating to Colorado. Earlier in her career, she edited the Chicago Southland Business magazine. In these roles, she developed a keen sense of media, discourse, business, community and networking.

As a doctoral candidate at the University of Colorado Boulder, Matthews unites her passions—sport, media, language and gender—in her primary research, which includes historical and contemporary representations of transgender athletes in sport media. Her additional interests are in education, global and domestic culture, new media, interpersonal relationships, travel, art, technology and business. Specializing in Journalism Studies, she will earn a PhD in Media Research and Practice.

While completing a Master’s of Science in Public Communication and Technology from Colorado State University’s Department of Journalism and Media Communication, Matthews was the lead instructor for the copy editing and grammar course in which she developed an innovative curriculum designed to increase student engagement and content retention. She was presented the 2015-2016 Graduate Teaching Instructor of the Year Award. Previously, she taught computer-mediated visual communication and business writing.

Before graduate school, Matthews earned a certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language and taught English to Tibetan refugees near Dharamsala, India. As an undergraduate, Matthews received her Bachelor’s of Journalism, with a magazine-editing emphasis, from the University of Missouri-Columbia’s School of Journalism and was a music editor for Vox magazine.