Matthew Joseph Pettway

Matthew Joseph Pettway

Assistant Professor of Spanish
Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literature

Education

  • 2010:  Ph.D. in Hispanic Cultural Studies at Michigan State University.
  • 2001:  M.A. Michigan State University: Spanish and Latin American Literatures. 
  • 1999:  B.A. Eastern Michigan University: Business Spanish and Media Production.

Research Interests

  • African-Cuban Studies, Afro-Caribbean Spirituality, Cuban Racial Discourse, and Nationalism
  • Cuban Colonial Narrative and Poetry
  • Critical Race Studies
  • Afro-Latinx Masculinities in Puerto Rico, Brazil, and Cuba
  • African-inspired Religion as Epistemology in Hispanophone Caribbean Literature
  • Gender and Masculinities Studies, Theories of Intersectionality

Publications

Book Manuscript Under Contract

  • Black Cuban Literature in the Age of Conspiracy: Juan Francisco Manzano and Gabriel de la Concepción Valdés (Single-authored book manuscript. Under contract with the University Press of Mississippi.)

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles and Book Chapters

  • “Ritual and Reason: Negotiating Freedom in the Literature Juan Francisco Manzano, PALARA, Fall 2012

  • “Black Femininity and the Silence of Domestic Space in The Cemetery on the Sugar Plantation’ by José del Carmen Díaz”, Zora Neale Hurston Forum, Fall 2013, Solicited article

  • “The Altar, The Oath, and the Body of Christ: Ritual Poetics and Cuban Racial Politics of 1844” Black Writing, Culture and the State in Latin America, October 2015

Forthcoming Publications

  • “Braggarts, Charlatans, and Curros: Black Cuban Masculinity in The Poetry of Gabriel de la Concepción Valdés”(Book Chapter in a peer-reviewed critical anthology, Breaking the Chains: Making the Nation, The Black Cuban Fight for Freedom and Equality, 1812 to 1912, Anticipated release May 2019)    

  • “In Search of My Brother: Afro-Caribbean Spirituality and Freedom inJuan Francisco Manzano’s ‘A Dream: For My Second Brother’”(English Translation of a Previously-Published Article,in Art is Religion is Art, a peer-reviewed critical anthology on world religions, Solicited piece

Review Essays

  • “Sacred Ways of Meaning and Knowing: A Comparative Reading of Caribbean Literature,” American Studies Journal, Spring 2015

Reference Articles and Non-Peer Reviewed Work

  • “Manzano en el monte: Recuperando el sujeto perdido en‘Un sueño. A mi segundo hermano,’”   Del Caribe, Spring 2014

  • “Páginas salvadas de la historia de Santiago de Cuba,”  Del Caribe, Summer 2015

  • Dictionary entries on Juan Francisco Manzano, Gabriel de la Concepción Valdés,  Ambrosio Echemendía, José del Carmen Díaz, The Dictionary of Caribbean and Afro-Latin American Biography.  Oxford University Press. May 2016, Commissioned pieces


Teaching

  • Fall 2016-Spring 2018: Postdoctoral Fellow in the School of Languages, Cultures, and World Affairs and Visiting Professor in Hispanic Studies, College of Charleston: Latin American and Caribbean Studies classes and Spanish language courses.

  • Fall 2014-May 2016: Assistant Professor of Spanish, Bates College: Intermediate Spanish language and composition courses and advanced Spanish language courses that introduce literary writing.  Furthermore, I taught a course on Catholicism, African-based Spirituality and Race in the Twentieth-Century Spanish Caribbean Narrative.

  • Fall 2013: Langston Hughes Visiting Professorship, University of Kansas: By special invitation, I taught a graduate seminar on Africans and their descendants in Cuban literature and an undergraduate course on racial discrimination, sexuality and Hip Hop in post-Soviet Cuba.

  • Fall 2012-Winter 2013: Assistant Professor of Spanish, Bates College: I taught intermediate Spanish language and composition courses and advanced Spanish language courses that introduce literary writing. Furthermore, I taught a multi-genre survey of Spanish American Literature and a course on Catholicism, Africa-based Spirituality and Race in the Twentieth-Century Caribbean Narrative.

  • Summer 2012: Assistant Professor of Spanish, Bates College: Team-taught course on Introduction to Contemporary Cuban Culture with anthropologist, Professor Val Carnegie.  The innovative course examined, gender and sexuality, racial discrimination and musical politics in Cuba after the Special Period.  Organized in two modules, the course meet for two weeks of intensive on campus study and two weeks of participant-observation and additional class sessions with Cuban scholars and cultural experts in country.  

  • Fall 2011-Winter 2012: Assistant Professor of Spanish, Bates College: I taught advanced Spanish language courses that introduce literary writing, a multi-genre survey of Spanish American Literature and a junior/senior seminar on blacks in Cuban literary history.

  • Fall 2010-Winter 2011: Assistant Professor of Spanish, Bates College: I taught intermediate Spanish language, literature and composition courses and a multi-genre survey of Spanish American Writing.  In winter semester 2011, I taught a course on Catholicism, Africa-based Spirituality and Race in the Twentieth-Century Caribbean Narrative.  In fall semester 2011, I taught survey of Spanish American Literature and an advanced Spanish language course. 

  • Spring 2009-Fall 2010: Visiting Instructor, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, Michigan State University. Courses taught: an intermediate Spanish 201 course and an advanced Spanish composition course.

  • Fall 2008: Instructor, Integrative Arts and Humanities Program, Michigan State University. Course on Afro-Hispanic Caribbean Literature, postcolonialism and cultural studies.

  • Spring 2008: Teaching Assistant, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, Michigan State University. Courses taught: an accelerated intermediate Spanish 250 course.

  • Fall 2007: Teaching Assistant, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, Michigan State University. Courses taught: two beginning Spanish 100 Level courses.

  • 2004-2007: Teaching Assistant, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, Michigan State University. Courses taught: intermediate Spanish 201, 202 and an accelerated intermediate Spanish 250 course.   

  • 2003-2004: Teaching Assistant, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, Michigan State University. Courses taught: beginning Spanish 100 Level courses.   

  • Summer 2001: Adjunct Spanish Instructor, Department of Foreign Languages, Lansing Community College. Course taught: a beginning Spanish 100 Level.

  • 1999-2001: Teaching Assistant, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, Michigan State University. Courses taught: Spanish 100 Level courses.