Matthew Harsh

Matthew Harsh

Associate Professor


Contact Information


  • ISLA 123 Intro to Science Technology & Society
  • ISLA/LAES 411 Technology & Community Engagement
  • ISLA 440 Advanced Interdisciplinary Studies Seminar
  • ISLA 456 Advanced Project-Based Learning in Science, Technology & Society


Dr. Harsh came to Cal Poly in 2018 as an Associate Professor and Director of the Center for Expressive Technologies.  He studies cultures of research and innovation in Africa, focusing on equity and inclusivity.  An avid filmmaker, he is Director of 'Computing Cultures', a short film about computer science research in Kenya and Uganda, and Senior Producer of 'Brother Time' a documentary about political unrest after the 2007 Kenyan election.  He has the privilege to serve as Assistant Director of the Ethnografilm Festival held annyally in Paris.  Outside of the university, he can be found on Central Coast trails and beaches with his partner and sons.


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