Matt hails from Delaware; has lived in Frankfurt, Germany; New Orleans, Louisiana; and Birmingham, Alabama; and now calls University City his home, where he lives with his wife (a UCity native), two sons, a daughter, a Chocolate Lab, three rescue cats, and a gerbil that he hopes is doing OK in his daughter’s room.
After earning his BA at University of Delaware and MA in English at Tulane University, he completed his PhD in English at Washington University. He fell in love with teaching and administration and went on to teach literature and writing at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and a community college in St. Louis for several years. He joined the ranks of the College of Arts & Sciences as an assistant dean, where his greatest joy is working with WashU’s bright, motivated and endlessly curious students as they design, test-drive, and revise life plans, but also as they experience the unexpected joys and inevitable stumbles that come with creating a personally meaningful life. Along with work as an assistant dean, he teaches an introductory literature course with the First-Year Summer Academic Program and, on occasion, environmental or political literature in University College.
When he is not at work, you can find him at the gym, on the dojo mat doing tai chi or aikido, at the Red Cross volunteering with the Disaster Action Team, in the kitchen cooking (and cleaning his messes), or at home watching Harry Potter or Regular Show (family favorites).
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