Matthew Taylor


Greenlaw 532

Associate Professor

Co-Editor, American Literature

My research focuses on the intersections among enviromental humanities, critical theory (including posthumanism, science and technology studies, and critical race theory), and nineteenth- and twentieth-century American literature. My first book, Universes without Us: Posthuman Cosmologies in American Literature (Univ. of Minnesota Press, 2013), examines cosmologies that challenge the utopianism of both past and present attempts at fusing self and environment.

I'm currently working on two book-length projects, one on how extreme spatiotemporal scales affect ethical and political possibilities at the turn of the 20th and 21st centuries, and the other on figures of biological life in pulp fiction, American pragmatism, and biopolitics. 


Hire Date: 2008

Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University
M.A., Johns Hopkins University
B.A., Trinity University

Research Groups and Interests

Literature, Medicine, and Culture
Group IX - Critical Theory and Cultural Studies
Group VI - American Literature to 1900
Group VII - American Literature from 1900 to the Present