Matthew Fraser

Associate Professor
  • Department(s) : History and Politics
  • Office : G-401
  • Office hours : Wednesdays 12:00–15:00 or by appointment
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Professor Fraser is a specialist in the global media, international relations, journalism, and the entertainment industries. He teaches courses on the global politics of pop culture, media law, and media industry economics. Dr Fraser's current research is focused on the history of media, iconoclasm, and social protest.  

He is also the author of several books, notably Weapons of Mass Distraction: Soft Power and American Empire, about the influence of pop culture on geopolitics. His most recent book, Monumental Fury: The History of Iconoclasm and the Future of Our Past, examines the history of violence against statues, monuments, and works of art. Before joining The American University of Paris faculty, he was a newspaper columnist, editor-in-chief and television host in Canada. He occasionally contributes to international media such as CNN, New York Times, and Wall Street Journal on issues related to media and French current affairs, and has been interviewed and quoted in The Guardian, The Economist, and on the BBC. 


DEA, PhD, Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris
Graduate studies: London School of Economics, Oxford University, Paris-Sorbonne I
MJ, Carleton University, Ottawa
BAA, Ryerson University, Toronto
BA, Victoria College, University of Toronto