Masucci, Matthew A


Associate Dean, College of Health and Human Sciences




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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 a professor, former department chair and the current Associate Dean of the College of Health and Human Sciences at San José State University. As a faculty member in the Department of Kinesiology, he taught a wide array of courses ranging from undergraduate major and general education classes to core graduate research and elective courses.

A faculty member at SJSU since 2002, Dr. Masucci has wide-ranging administrative and leadership experience and a broad knowledge of University, college, and department programs and processes. In addition to his other campus leadership roles, he served as the chair of the Department of Kinesiology from 2014-2018. In his various administrative positions, he has provided valuable contributions in curriculum development, program assessment, accreditation, strategic & program planning, and student success programs.

Beyond his administrative responsibilities, he is actively involved in professional academic organizations and continues to collaborate on interdisciplinary scholarship that interrogates sport and physical activity through the lenses of cultural studies, philosophy, and critical sport studies. Dr. Masucci's work is primarily qualitative and has centered on sporting narratives and the implications on identity, meaning, and community.

Among other projects, Dr. Masucci has engaged in critical, historical and political qualitative analysis of the controversial sport of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighting, grant-supported research that explored the sources of knowledge of doping substances and techniques for elite-level American and Canadian female triathletes, the discourse surrounding the use of marijuana and CBD by professional athletes for pain management and psychological coping. 

In addition, Matthew's longtime interest in bicycle racing has led to research analyzing narrative representations of disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong, the qualitative exploration of exercise setting and connection to environmentalism, a consideration of the contemporary narrativization of cycle racing within English-language popular literature and a multi-dimensional investigation of a local social movement called the San José Bike Party.