Kristin L. Matthews
Office: 4160 JFSB
Commonly Taught Courses English 150 (Freshman Writing)
English 293 (American Literary History)
English 363 (American Literature 1914-1960)
English 365 (American Literature 1960-present)
English 396 (Women's Literature)
English 495 (Senior Seminar)
English 628R (Graduate studies in American Literature)
American Studies 390R (Special Topics)
American Studies 490 (Senior Seminar)
Semester Schedule: Spring/Summer 2013: Not Teaching
Other University Assignments:
Director, American Studies Program
By appointment only
Kristin L. Matthews teaches courses in American literature and culture. She specializes in twentieth-century literature and culture, particularly Cold War fiction and film. Her sub-specialty is 20th-century African-American literature. She employs an American Studies methodology in her research and teaching, putting literature into conversation with a range of political, historical, sociological, and popular texts in order to best examine American letters and life.
Professor Matthews received her BA in English from Brigham Young University in 1995 and her Ph.D. in American Literature from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2004. Her work has appeared in American Studies, Arizona Quarterly, Modern Drama, Journal of American Culture, Journal of Popular Culture, and CEA: Critic (among other journals). She has received the American Studies Professor of the Year Award (2007), the English Department Teaching Award (2008), an Albert J. Colton Fellowship from the Utah Humanities Council (2010), the Faculty Women's Association Teaching Award (2012), and an Alcuin Fellowship from Brigham Young University (2012).
When not at work, Professor Matthews can be found reading a book, cheering on the Green Bay Packers (she's part owner), hiking in the mountains, playing the piano, or singing with her jazz combo.
Degrees: PhD, Wisconsin, 2004
20C American Literature, Cold War Studies, African American Literature, American Studies