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Matthew Howard


Ph.D. in Communication, Rhetoric and Digital Media

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Matt is concerned with critical examinations of the relationship between esports, race, culture, and geographies, particularly through postcolonial theories. His current work examines constructions of Koreanness in esports spaces and how they interact with the Global North-Global South binary and the contested, often ambiguous nature of colonial modernity.

Trained as a cultural historian with a background in world history, Matt is concerned with the ways power works through technological and socio-cultural conventions governing how we have spent our free time, as well as how those interactions affect the ways people know the world and themselves within it. Some of his hot-button topics include the Asiatic, racial passing & hybridity, feminisms & masculinities, historical knowledge constructions, networks theories, and temporality.


Howard, Matthew Jungsuk. “Esport: Professional League of Legends as Cultural History” (Master’s Thesis, University of Houston, 2018).

Howard, Matthew Jungsuk. “In Hushed Voices: Censorship and Corporate Power in Professional League of Legends 2010-2017.” In eSports Yearbook 2017/18. Germany: BoD- Books on Demand, Norderstedt, 2019, pp. 28-43.


“Anything but Commonplace: Usernames as Cultural Carriers in League of Legends Subculture,” Conference Presentation, PCA/ACA National Conference, March 2018.

“Ouvriers de l’Ordinateur: Work, Suffering, and Sport Heroism in Western Esports,” Poster Presentation, UCI Esports Conference, October 2018.

“Going Public: Writing Center Outreach and the Battle Against Justifying Inequality,” Conference Presentation, South Central Writing Center Association, February 2019.

“The Language of ‘Bronzeness’: The League of Legends Community’s Aristocracy of Rank,” Conference Presentation, PCA/ACA National Conference, April 2019.

[Accepted] “What ‘They’ Saw, What ‘We’ Say: The Nature of Historical Knowledge(s) in Battlefield V,” Presentation, PCA/ACA National Conference, 2020. [Conference cancelled due to COVID-19].

[Accepted] “There Are Some Who Call Me…Smeb: A Historical Ontology of Esports Usernames,” Presentation, North American Society for Sport History Annual Convention, 2020. [Conference cancelled due to COVID-19].


B.A. French Language and Literature & European History Stony Brook University (SUNY) 2013

M.A. European History, Minor in World History University of Houston 2018