Matt Van Hoose

Assistant ProfessorSociology and Anthropology

Matt Van Hoose is a sociocultural and linguistic anthropologist whose research interests reside at the intersection of language, popular culture, and issues of social difference and power. He has also taught extensively on the application of qualitative research methods to a variety of domains in social life, with a recent focus on the ethnography of work. Much of Matt’s scholarship has focused on popular music in Uruguay, where he first began conducting research as a Fulbright Scholar in 2000. Currently, he is pursuing a project on dialectal variation and language ideology among Spanish speakers in the U.S. Southeast. In his administrative role at Goucher College, Matt leads the offices of Career Education, Community-Based Learning, and Global Education, and he has presented widely on the integration of experiential learning opportunities into the undergraduate student learning experience.

Areas of Expertise

Popular music, performance, semiotics, sociolinguistic variation, language ideology, media studies, history and memory, history and anthropology of Latin America, ethnography of work

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Van Hoose, Matthew J. (2018) Cumbias of the Crisis: A Hauntology of Modern Uruguay. In Sound, Image, and National Imaginary in the Construction of Latin/o American Identities, edited by Héctor Fernandez L’Hoeste and Pablo Vila, pp. 143-164. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.

Van Hoose, Matthew J. (2016) On the Tropical Counterpublic: Infrastructure and Voice on Uruguayan FM Radio, Popular Music and Society, 39:3, 301-316, DOI: 10.1080/03007766.2016.1141519.

Van Hoose, Matthew J. and Shane Greene (2016) Introduction: The Worlds of Popular Music, Popular Music and Society, 39:3, 283-285, DOI: 10.1080/03007766.2016.1141511.

Van Hoose, Matthew J. (2010) El “Tú” Tropical, el “Vos” Villero, and Places in Between: Language, Ideology, Music, and the Spatialization of Difference in Uruguayan Tropical Music. In Cumbia!: Scenes of a Migrant Latin American Music Genre, edited by Héctor Fernández L’Hoeste and Pablo Vila, pp. 226-247. New York: Duke University Press.

Van Hoose, Matthew J. (2007) Review of The Legacy of Américo Paredes, by José R. López Morín. Journal of Folklore Research Reviews Online.

External Awards, Honors, Grants

NEH Humanities Initiatives at Community Colleges Grant (principal investigator), 2021.

Wenner-Gren Foundation Dissertation Fieldwork Grant (principal investigator), 2009.

Indiana University Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology Glassie Prize for Excellence in Undergraduate Instruction, 2007.

Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship in Humanistic Studies, 2003.

Fulbright Fellowship to Uruguay, 2000.

Conference Papers & Panel Participation

Matthew J. Van Hoose, Traci Martin. (2023). Centering Career Readiness Competencies in the Study Abroad Experience. American Association of Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) Global Learning Conference.

Matthew J. Van Hoose, Lindsay Johnson. (2023). Experiential Learning and Social Justice: Case Studies from Goucher College's Offices of Community-Based Learning and Career Education. Consortium on High Achievement and Success (CHAS) Annual Representatives Meeting.

Matthew J. Van Hoose, Stephen Fafulas. (2023). Language Ideology and Practice in the U.S. South: Case Studies of Spanish in Northern Mississippi and Eastern North Carolina.  Inaugural SEC Spanish Consortium Conference.

Matthew J. Van Hoose. Stephen Fafulas. (2022). Voces Sureñas: Case Studies of Spanish in Northern Mississippi and Eastern North Carolina. Southtalks series. University of Mississippi Center for the Study of Southern Culture.

Matthew J. Van Hoose, Mary Allen. (2021). Virtual Global Education: The Howard Community College Model. Timely Topics in Global Education series. Maryland Community College International Education Consortium.

Matthew J. Van Hoose, Mary Allen. (2019). Global and International Education at HCC: From Programs to Pathways. Going Global, Growing Global symposium, Council of American Overseas Research Centers.

Matthew J. Van Hoose. (2018). Howard Community College Team Leader. Institute on High-Impact Practices and Student Success. American Association of Colleges and Universities.

Matthew J. Van Hoose. (2015). Humanities Working Groups for Community Impact. Humanities Advocacy Day. National Humanities Alliance.

Matthew J. Van Hoose. (2013 ). Mediation All the Way Up: Voice and Infrastructure on an Uruguayan Tropical Radio Station. Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Society. 

Matthew J. Van Hoose, Shane Greene. (2012). Conference Co-organizer. Where’s the World in Popular Music? Indiana University - Bloomington.

Matthew J. Van Hoose. (2012). La Plena del Casi-Bicentenario: How Tropical Music Became Uruguayan. Latin American Studies Association International Congress.

Matthew J. Van Hoose. (2008 ). Afro Memories of Montevideo: Drumming and/as Afro-Uruguayan Oral History. Oral History in the Mid-Atlantic Region Conference: Oral History and Performance.

Other Professional or Scholarly Activity

Video Production Credits

La Palabra en el Bosque (feature documentary), dir. Jeffrey Gould, Carlos Henríquez Editing, subtitles, post-production, 2012.

Invierno Celeste (documentary short) Director (with Marquesa Macadar), videographer, editor, 2010.