matthew heinz


Interdisciplinary Studies

A professor in the College of Interdisciplinary Studies, matthew heinz has studied the intersections of gender, language, culture, and communication from transdisciplinary perspectives for over 20 years. Depending on the topic, he approaches his work via performative writing, discourse analysis, interpretive or social scientific qualitative approaches, or mixed methods. His applied research includes a community-guided transgender needs assessment for Vancouver Island; recent work in this area focuses on transgender interpersonal communication dynamics. His work has appeared in journals such as The Journal of Pragmatics, MultilinguaThe Journal of International CommunicationCommunication Studies, and Women & Language.


heinz joined the School of Communication and Culture at Royal Roads in 2005. He served as SCC school director (appointed 2006), associate dean (appointed 2008) and dean of the Faculty of Social and Applied Sciences (appointed 2011), founding dean of the College of Interdisciplinary Studies (appointed 2016), and vice-provost (appointed 2017). Prior to Royal Roads, he taught at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Bowling Green State University and the University of North Dakota.

heinz journalistic work in the U.S. was recognized by more than 20 first- and second-place awards in national and regional competitions. He graduated from Treviris Gymnasium Trier (Germany) in 1984.


PhD in Communication Studies

University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Master of Science in Communication Studies

Fort Hays State University


Outstanding New Teacher Award

U.S. Central States Communication Association


heinz, m. (2020). Photographic memory. Women & Language, 43(2), 305-315.

heinz, m. (2018). Communicating while transgender: Apprehension, loneliness, and willingness to communicate in a Canadian sample. SAGE Open, 1-17. DOI: 10.1177/2158244018777780

heinz, m. (2017). Being becoming/becoming being: Visual representations of trans bodies. Photoworks:  Photography, Art, Visual Culture, 24, 184-197.

heinz, m. (2016). Spatial transitions in communication studies. Women’s Studies in Communication, 39(2), 153-156.

heinz, m. (2016). Entering transmasculinity:  The inevitability of discourse. Intellect Press, UK.

heinz, m. (2015). Trans social support needs:  Communication research directives.” In L. Spencer & J. Capuzza (Eds.), Transgender communication (pp. 33-50). Lexington.

heinz, m., & MacFarlane, D. (2013). Island Lives: A Transgender Needs Assessment for Vancouver Island. Sage Open, 3. DOI: 10.1177/2158244013503836 .

heinz, m. (2012). Transmen on the web:  Inscribing multiple discourses. In K.Ross (Ed.) The Handbook of Gender, Sex, and Media (pp. 326-343). Wiley-Blackwell.