Jonathan Matusitz (Ph.D., University of Oklahoma, 2006) is currently a tenured associate professor in the Nicholson School of Communication and Media. His research focuses on the role of communication in terrorism, symbolism in terrorism, the globalization of culture, and health communication. His research methodologies include qualitative interviewing, content analysis, semiotics, and theoretical analysis.

On top of having more than 140 academic publications and over 150 conference presentations, he taught at a NATO-affiliated military base in Belgium in 2010. Originally from Belgium himself, he moved to the United States in 2000.

His first book on terrorism, titled Terrorism & Communication: A Critical Introduction, was published by SAGE in 2013. His second book, Symbolism in Terrorism: Motivation, Communication, and Behavior, was published by Rowman & Littlefield in 2015. His latest book, Online Jihadist Magazines to Promote the Caliphate: Communicative Perspectives, was published by Peter Lang in 2019.

In 2011, Dr. Matusitz’s research was cited by the U.S. Supreme Court. Since 2014, he has collaborated with a representative of the Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO), Ministry of Defence, in India to examine suicide terrorism.

Occasionally, Dr. Matusitz is the featured speaker at law enforcement workshops and training sessions. He has delivered presentations on terrorism to agencies such as the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, the Department of Homeland Security, the Transportation Security Administration, and local sheriff’s offices.

Since his tenure at UCF, Dr. Matusitz has received multiple faculty awards. In both 2012 and 2017, he was honored with a prestigious teaching award by the College of Sciences (COS). In 2014, he received a teaching award by the Nicholson School of Communication and Media: the “Excellence in Teaching Award for 2013-2014.” And in 2015, he was the winner of the Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award for COS.

Jonathan Matusitz has taught the following courses at UCF: Terrorism and Communication (COM 4416), Symbolism in Terrorism (COM 6425), Communication Research Methods (COM 3311), Qualitative Research Methods (COM 6303), Intercultural Communication (COM 4461), Conflict Management (COM 4462), Group Dynamics (SPC 4426), Nonverbal Communication (SPC 4331), Organizational Communication (COM 3120), Communication and Human Relations (COM 3011), Health Communication (COM 6025), and Honors Fundamentals of Oral Communication (SPC 1600).


  • Terrorism and communication
  • Symbolism in terrorism
  • Globalization of culture
  • Globalization of human communication processes
  • Healthcare and technology