Matthew Ussia, Ph.D.Instructor of Writing
McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts
625 College Hall
Education:Ph.D., English Lit. and Criticism, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, 2012
M.A., English Lit. and Criticism, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, 2003
B.A., English Literature, Saint Francis University, 1999
Matthew Ussia has been teaching literature, composition, and speech at various institutions since 2005 and became a full-time instructor at Duquesne in 2013.
Dr. Ussia's areas of specialty include literary theory, pedagogy, North American Literature of the 20th and 21st Centuries, and contemporary global literature. His classes tend to focus upon the intersection between the academy and broader global trends. His scholarship focuses on how globalization, consumerism, and other factors of modernity influence the construction of individual, local, and national identity.
Matthew Ussia is also a humorless music geek and collector of vinyl. He once hit a home run at a department softball game and refuses to let anyone forget that it happened.
UCOR 102 IHP 104
IHP 105 - The Shock of Modernity
ENGL 212 - American Underground Literature and Popular Culture
ENGL 434 - Literary Theory
Matthew Ussia has presented at the Northeast Modern Language Association, National Council of Teachers of English Conference, the College English Association Conference, and the New England Educational Research Organization Conference, as well as several regional conferences. Recent presentations include:
*"Of Voyeurism and Exhibitionism: Nakedness, Security, Vulnerability, Intimacy, and the Privatized Person." 2016 Northeast Modern Language Association
*"Tarantino's Counterfactual Histories as Weapons against Historical Simplification." 2015 Northeast Modern Language Association
*"QR Codes in the Syllabus: A Five Part Manifesto" 2015 Northeast Modern Language Association
*"Viewer as Voyeur and Victim: Cautionary Tales of Surveillance from the Former East Germany." 2014 College English Association
*"Countering the Voices of Neoliberalism Within: Constructing the Limits of the Myth of the Empowered Individual." 2013 Countering Contingency: Teaching, Scholarship, and Creativity in the Age of the Adjunct
*"Letters for the Living Lonely: Teaching Composition in an Age of Violence and Isolation." NCTE 2010 Reading the Past, Writing the Future
*"Children of Reagan: Troubling Pleasures for the Era of Privatization" NEERO 2010
*"Indifference and the Death of the Enlightenment as Sellable, Teachable Moments in the College Literature Classroom." NCTE 2009 Once and Future Classics: Reading Between the Lines
*"From Brothels and Weed to Firebirds and Ice Cream: Pleasure as the Blinding/Designing Force behind Critiques of American Materialism" CEA/PCEA 2009 Design
Dr. Ussia is chairing a roundtable for the 2017 Northeast Modern Language Association conference entitled Punkademia. He is also has two manuscripts under consideration "The Folly of Fallen Futures: Reading and Teaching Edward Bellamy's Looking Backwards after 'The End of History'" for a collection entitled Future Humans, as well as a piece entitled "The People I Have Pretended to Be in Order to Stay in Academia" for Specialists: Passions and Careers. He is also working on several monographs: a critical work entitled The Children of Reagan: Troubling Pleasures for the Era of Privatization, and two collections of poetry.