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School of English and Media Studies

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Contact details +64 (09) 414 0800

Dr Matthew Harris PhD, MA, BA

Senior Tutor

School of English and Media Studies


Contact details

  • Ph: (09) 414 0800 ext.41663
    Location: AT 2.63, Atrium
    Campus: Albany


  • Doctor of Philosophy - Massey University (2012)
  • Master of Arts - The University of Auckland (2005)
  • Bachelor of Arts - The University of Auckland (2003)

Prizes and Awards

  • 2016 Sao Paulo International Short Film Festival - Brazil - Audience Favourite. For 'Madam Black'. - Sao Paulo International Short Film Festival (2016)
  • 2015 Gijon International Film Festival - Spain - Youth Jury Award for Best Short Film. For 'Madam Black'. - Gijon International Film Festival (2015)
  • New Zealand Film Awards (Moas) - Best Short Film 2017 - Rialto Channel New Zealand Film Awards (2017)
  • Prix du Public - Clermont Ferrand International Film Festival, France, 2016 - Clermont Ferrand International Film Festival (2016)
  • 2016 Festival Internacional de Cine de Almería - Spain - Best Screenplay. For 'Madam Black'. - Festival Internacional de Cine de Almería (2016)
  • Award for Best Short Film at 2012 Traverse City Film Festival for '43000 Feet' (NRO 2) - Traverse City Film Festival (2012)
  • 2016 Cleveland International Film Festival - USA - Audience Choice Award for Best Live Action Short Film/Comedy. For 'Madam Black'. - Cleveland International Film Festival (2016)
  • Audience Award for Short Film - 2015 Leeds International Film Festival - UK - For 'Madam Black'. - Leeds International Film Festival (2015)

Research Expertise

Research Interests

20th Century New Zealand Fiction 




21st Century Citizenship

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Communication and Media Studies (200100): Communication and Media Studies not elsewhere classified (200199): Cultural Studies (200200):
Curriculum and Pedagogy (130200): Education (130000): English and Literacy Curriculum and Pedagogy (excl. LOTE, ESL and TESOL) (130204):
Film, Television and Digital Media (190200):
Languages, Communication And Culture (200000): Literary Studies (200500): New Zealand Literature (excl. Maori Literature) (200505):
Specialist Studies in Education (130300):
Studies In Creative Arts And Writing (190000)

Research Outputs


Harris, MJ. (2016). A syllogistic thesis schema. English in Aotearoa. 89, 44-49
[Journal article]Authored by: Harris, M.


Harris, M. (2016). What is going on here?. In Shelf Life Reviews, Replies and Reminiscences. (pp. 360 - 366). Auckland, New Zealand: Auckland University Press
[Chapter]Authored by: Harris, M.Contributed to by: Harris, M.

Creative Work

Harris, MJ.(2016). Madam Black. [Film]. New York, United States of America: New Zealand Film Commission
[Film or Video]Authored by: Harris, M.
Harris, MJ.(2015). Snooze Time. New York: The Wassiac Project
[Film or Video]Authored by: Harris, M.
Harris, MJ.(2012). 43000 Feet. Tribeca Film Festival, New York
[Film or Video]Authored by: Harris, M.

Supervision and Teaching


230.100 Introduction to Academic Writing

139.123 Creative Writing

119.155 Communication for Sciences

Media and Links

Head of School

Associate Professor Jenny Lawn

Email: J.M.Lawn@massey.ac.nz
Tel: 09 213 6337

Administration staff

Denise Bourne
Administrator - Manawatu
Email: D.Bourne@massey.ac.nz
Tel:  06 951 6112

Joanne Ervine
Senior Administrator - Auckland
Email: J.Ervine@massey.ac.nz
Tel: 09 213 6909

Janet Lowe
Business Services Manager - Manawatu
Email: J.M.Lowe@massey.ac.nz
Tel: 06 951 7752

Julie McKenzie
Academic Programme Administrator
Email: J.A.McKenzie@massey.ac.nz
Tel: 06 951 7421

Anne Meredith
Academic Programme Administrator - "Writing Papers"
Email: A.M.Meredith@massey.ac.nz
Tel: 06 951 7548

College of Humanities and Social Sciences support staff

Claire Grant
Shared Campus Secretary - Wellington
Email: C.Grant@massey.ac.nz
Tel: 04 979 3597

Claire Jowsey
Shared Campus Secretary - Auckland
Email: C.Jowsey@massey.ac.nz
Tel: 09 212 7057

Marissa Penfold
Shared Campus Secretary - Auckland
Email: M.Penfold@massey.ac.nz
Tel: 09 213 6086

Kaitautoko Māori

Dr Tina Makereti
Email: T.R.Makereti@massey.ac.nz
Tel: 06 951 7494

Honorary research fellows

These academics are honorary research fellows of our school:

Dr Doreen D'Cruz
Associate Professor Joe Grixti
Dr Judith Dell Panny
Professor Russell Poole
Dr John Ross

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