About Me

Dr. Josh Matthews

Dr. Josh Matthews
Associate Professor of English

Phone: (712) 722-6250
Email: Joshua.Matthews@dordt.edu

Josh Matthews has taught a wide variety of courses at Dordt, including early American literature, science fiction, and introduction to film as art.  He specializes in early American literature and in science fiction.  He has taught in the Kuyper Scholars (Honors) Program and has supervised Kuyper Scholars contracts on Orson Welles, Mark Twain, David Fincher, and Octavia Butler.  

He has published on the reception of Dante and the Divine Comedy in nineteenth-century America, and on American readings of the Divine Comedy during the Civil War. His research interests include Dante, Walt Whitman, and science-fiction writers Gene Wolfe and Philip K. Dick.  He edits the book reviews for Pro Rege, Dordt College's journal of reformed studies.  He has also helped edit the Walt Whitman Quarterly Review and the Walt Whitman Archive.

Courses Taught

  • American Literature 1 (ENG 201)
  • Science Fiction (ENG 223)
  • Intro to Film (CORE 160)
  • Philip K. Dick (ENG 343)
  • Business and Technical Writing (ENG 305)
  • Responding to Literature (CORE 180)
  • Rhetoric and the Christian Scholar (KSP 151 -- Honors)
  • English Composition (CORE 120)

Institutional History

  • Ph.D., English, University of Iowa (2012)
  • M.A., English, Kent State University (2005)
  • B.A., English, Indiana University (2003)

Academic Publications