Matthew Cecil, Ph.D.

Associate Professor and Coordinator
of the Media Production Emphasis

  • Education: Ph.D., The University of Iowa, 2000
  • Office: SYE 236
  • Phone: 605.688.4171
  • Email

Associate Professor Matthew Cecil teaches a variety of courses including the department’s introductory course, Introduction to Mass Communication. In addition, Cecil teaches basic video production, new media, and public relations skills. 

Cecil is a media historian and his research explores the relationships of journalists and J. Edgar Hoover’s FBI from 1928 to 1972. Cecil has also produced documentary films, including “Soundtrack of a Man Who Will Never Amount to Anything,” exploring the career of Sioux Falls musician Rich Show.

Cecil’s more than seven years of professional experience includes stints as a political reporter and columnist and media relations practitioner in South Dakota and North Dakota. A Brookings native, Cecil previously served on  faculties at Purdue University and the University of Oklahoma before returning home to Brookings and SDSU in 2005.

Cecil and his wife, Assistant Professor Jennifer Tiernan, live in Brookings with their young son, Owen.