Matt is a doctoral candidate in the Department of English and Comparative Literature. Originally from Asheville, N.C., he received his B.A. in English at the University of Pennsylvania in 2014. He specializes in nineteenth- and twentieth-century American literature and culture, with an emphasis on pragmatism, modernism, and media studies. His dissertation "Reforming Reform" examines how American novelists deployed political satire during the 1880's to both support and critique the various reform movements of the day.