My doctorate is from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. I specialize in the history of the novel, specifically during the Romantic period (1790-1830), and am writing a book on the intersection of literary history and nineteenth-century medical discourse. I teach courses in British Romanticism and culture in the English department at Montclair State University. I am most interested in reading novelists outside of their generic boxes. I’ve published essays and book reviews in Women’s Writing, Nineteenth-Century Literary Studies, and Pedagogy and edited “Prospecting Romanticism” a special issue of Romantic Pedagogy Commons with Miriam Wallace. My research has been supported by fellowships from the Mellon Foundation (University of Massachusetts-Amherst), the National Endowment for the Humanities (Corvey Collection at University of Nebraska-Lincoln), and through research grants awarded by Montclair State University. Most recently I published a piece on British abolitionist prose for the new Encyclopedia of Romantic Literature (Blackwell/Wiley). My public work and writing focuses on the experiences of faculty of color navigating higher education. In addition to editing Written/Unwritten, I write about the implications of diversity discourse in the lived experiences of faculty of color. I also lead workshops and participate on panels about race, racism and privilege in higher education.
In this space, I write about my nineteenth-century research and my work on diversity in higher education. I also pay attention to books, pop culture, gender, politics, and the odd, amusing, uplifting moments I stumble upon during my day. I hope for enlightening, pithy, and provocative, but I’ll settle for cogent. Thanks for visiting. Come back often. Let me know what you think.
My older posts can be read at twomatts.wordpress.com.