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Matthew Pangborn

Matthew Pangborn

Associate Professor of English and Writing, Director of CELT

Department: Department of Modern Languages
Phone: 712-279-1638
Email: matthew.pangborn@briarcliff.edu
Office Location: Heelan 309


  • Ph.D., English literature, University of Albany State University of New York.
  • M.F.A., creative writing (fiction), Texas State University
  • B.A., English, University of California
Matthew Pangborn


Dr. Matthew Pangborn is Associate Professor of English and Writing and Director of the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching. He is also Fiction Co-Editor for The Briar Cliff Review.

Dr. Pangborn received his Ph.D. in Writing, Teaching, and Criticism (English) from the University at Albany and his M.F.A. in Creative Writing (Fiction) from Texas State University. He specializes in a transatlantic, postcolonial, and ecocritical approach to American literature before 1900, and his sub-specialties include literary theory, film studies, the Gothic, and the Energy Humanities.

He has published articles on early American literature, literary theory, film, and TV, but also on modes of transportation, such as cycling and walking. His book project, Enlightenment Orientalism in the American Mind, 1770-1807, is under contract with Pickering and Chatto (Routledge), as part of its Perspectives on Early America series. The book explores the “oriental tales” of the American magazine culture of the late eighteenth century and examines American writers’ playful use of the perspective of an Eastern foreigner visiting their country as a way of putting into question a developing modernization based on increasing technological mediation, rising energy consumption, more sharply limited gender roles, and continuation of the transatlantic slave trade.

Dr. Pangborn lives in Sioux City with his wife, a freelance grant writer, and their two small sons, who like sports and monster trucks a lot.