Masucci, Matthew A


Dept Chair, Kinesiology




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Dr. Matthew Masucci received a B.A. in philosophy and psychology from Salisbury University, an M.A. in philosophy from Ohio University and a Ph.D. in social/cultural foundations of sport and cultural studies at the University of Tennessee. Dr. Masucci is currently a professor and Chair of the Department of Kinesiology at San José State University. Prior to his role as department chair, he taught a wide array of courses ranging from undergraduate major and general education classes to core graduate research and elective courses. In general, Dr. Masucci's research is interdisciplinary and involves the intersection of cultural studies, critical sport studies, philosophy, psychology and sociology. Primarily his work is qualitative and has centered on sporting narratives and the implications on identity, meaning, and community. In the realm of sport studies, he is engaged in a critical, historical and political qualitative analysis of the controversial sport of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighting. Toward that end, and in collaboration with Dr. Ted Butryn, Masucci has conducted numerous MMA-related research projects including a content analysis of media representations of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, an (auto)ethnography of a local MMA gym, as well as  a grant-supported investigation exploring the motivational and coping strategies of professional MMA competitors. In addition, Masucci, along with Dr. Jay Johnson and Dr. Ted Butryn, have conducted a World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) funded research project that explores the sources of knowledge of doping substances and techniques for elite-level American and Canadian female triathletes.  Matthew's longtime interest in bicycle racing has led to international presentations and published research as well as a project exploring the meaning a local cycling community makes of the tragic loss of one of their members and a local social movement called the San José Bike Party. Matthew is an active participant in several professional organizations including the North American Society for the Sociology of Sport (NASSS) and serves as the co-director of the Department of Kinesiology Qualitative Research Laboratory In his free time, Matthew enjoys cycling, camping, hiking, and reading.