Matthew Teutsch graduated with his PhD in English from UL Lafayette in 2014. While there, he studied American literature, African American literature, and Rhetoric/Composition. He has taught at the high school and university level for fifteen plus years, has presented at national and regional conferences, has published articles in journals such as LEAR and Mississippi Quarterly. He served, from April 2014 through July 2015 as the Interim Director of the Ernest J. Gaines Center, and during that time, he received regional and nation grants, acquired materials for the archives, organized events celebrating the life and works of Ernest J. Gaines, constructed educational institutes, and maintained the center’s web presence. While there, he began writing a twice-a-week blog for the center, and when he left, he continued writing on his own blog at Interminable Rambling.
His research interests focus on the confluence of race, class, and identity in Southern and American literature. He is interested in the various ways that authors, specifically those not from the South, visualize the region in their writing, music, movies, or other forms of media. He is also fascinated by the confluence of rhetoric and literature, especially in regards to the abolitionist movement of the early nineteenth century.
His current projects include a monograph on the life and works of Albery Allson Whitman and a book project that explores the works of Ernest J. Gaines and his literary influences and contemporaries.
For more information, see his Curriculum Vitae.