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 variety of courses at Dordt, including 18th and 19th century American literature, science fiction, and introduction to film as art.  He specializes in early and nineteenth-century American literature, and he has published on the reception of Dante and the Divine Comedy in nineteenth-century America.  His American Literature I class features undergraduate research into the magazines and newspapers of nineteenth-century print culture, using the American Antiquarian Society's periodical database.

His research interests include Dante, Walt Whitman, and science-fiction writers Gene Wolfe and Philip K. Dick.  Matthews has supervised Kuyper Scholars contracts on Orson Welles, Mark Twain, David Fincher, and Octavia Butler.

He edits the book reviews for Pro Rege, Dordt College's journal of reformed studies, and 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)
  • Business and Technical Writing (ENG 305)
  • Responding to Literature (CORE 180)
  • Rhetoric and the Christian Scholar (KSP 151 -- Honors)
  • English Composition (CORE 120)
  • Kingdom, Identity, and Calling (CORE 100)

Institutional History

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

Academic Publications