Matt Williams

English Instructor

Department: English
Office: S-110
Phone: 651-450-3667


The scholarly pursuits of Matthew Clark Williams fall within the tradition of critical composition studies. As such, his teaching and research explores the relationships between the production of meaning through language and broader social dynamics. The foundations for his work bridge many different areas, including: Pragmatism / Deweyan scholarship, history of education and schooling, political economy, educational anthropology / ethnography, history and theory of Liberalism, sociocultural theories of language, contemporary rhetorical theory, pedagogies from critical / Marxist / Left Hegelian traditions, and-of course-scholarship in composition studies.

He is currently working on a book that engages in a reconstruction and “Pragmatist Critique” of college preparation, particularly in regard to secondary/post-secondary writing instruction and hopes to see this published in the next year or two. When he's not in a classroom or writing in a Dinkytown coffee shop, he can usually be found in his garden, on his single-speed Surly bike, or at a Twins game.

Educational Background:

  • PhD: Writing Studies, University of Minnesota: Twin Cities, 2012.
  • MFA: Poetry, University of Minnesota: Twin Cities, 2007.
  • BA: Philosophy and Humanities, University of Northern Iowa, 2004.

Education Credentials

Doctor of Philosophy (PHD) - Majors: Communications Technology/Technician - University Of Minnesota Twin Cities

Master of Fine Arts (MFA) - Majors: Creative Writing - University Of Minnesota Twin Cities

Matt Williams