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Matthew Ussia, Ph.D.

Instructor of Writing
McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts

625 College Hall
Phone: 412.396.4643


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 101

UCOR 102 IHP 104

IHP 105 - The Shock of Modernity

ENGL 212 - American Underground Literature and Popular Culture

ENGL 434 - Literary Theory

Presentations and Projects

Matthew Ussia has presented at the National Council of Teachers of English Conference, the College English Association Conference, Northeast Modern Language Association, and the New England Educational Research Organization Conference, as well as several regional conferences. Recent presentations include:

* "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

He is also working on two manuscripts: a critical work entitled The Children of Reagan: Troubling Pleasures for the Era of Privatization, and a collection of poetry entitled Garbage Burrito.