Matthieu Dalle

Matthieu Dalle holds an MA in French Studies and a PhD in French with a concentration in Civilization from The Pennsylvania State University, having completed a Maîtrise and a Licence in Journalism as well as a DEUG in Communication et Sciences du langage, at CELSA, the Communication and Journalism school affiliated with the Université de la Sorbonne (Paris IV). Prior to coming to UofL, he taught at Goucher College and at Hamilton College.


His first research focus was French media, specifically radio, looking at media from a history/cultural studies perspective. Recently, he has turned to film, particularly "cinéma vagabond" (his term) embodied by directors such as Jacques Rozier, Pascal Thomas and Jean-François Stévenin, along with the issues of transnationality in French cinema (in the works of Olivier Assayas, among others). Among his publications are Les Radios libres, utopie deleuzoguattarienne (2006) ; Libérer la parole du quotidien: Les radios libres, dix ans après Mai 68 (2006) ; and Les radios libres et la fragmentation du champ politique français (1977-1981) (2009) <>.

Dr. Dalle is proud to have contributed to the successful introduction of media, cinema and popular culture in the graduate curriculum with courses such as Issues on French Media, a course whose recent focus was the multi-faceted relations between media and institutions/agents in the field of power--"le champ du pouvoir," (to use Bourdieus terminology) and special topics seminars such as French Films in Context or Contemporary French Popular Culture.

At the undergraduate level, he has enjoyed teaching FREN 331 (French Civilization), FREN 332 (France Today), FREN 523 (Advanced Communication) and FREN 590 (Senior Capstone), four courses that he revamped and that have been well received by students.