English and
Cultural Studies

The teaching and research provided through our department focus upon the critical interpretation, social and historical context, and creative expression of literature and culture. The department cultivates the understanding and skills critical to participation and success in a complex, multicultural and global world.


Null, Matthew

Matthew Neill Null

Lecturer, English and Cultural Studies
Faculty Suite G, Room 2105

Matthew Neill Null is author of the novel HONEY FROM THE LION and the story collection ALLEGHENY FRONT. A writer from West Virginia, he is the recipient of the O. Henry Award, the Mary McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction, a Fine Arts Work Center Fellowship, and, from the American Academy of Arts & Letters, the Joseph Brodsky Rome Prize Fellowship in Literature. Translations of his books are forthcoming in Italy and France.

Fiction Writing; Creative Nonfiction; the Novel; Family Narratives and Memoir; Short Fiction; Southern American Literature (Eudora Welty and William Faulkner); Literature in Translation; Environment and Place; Italian Literature; Central and Eastern European Literature; Latin-American Literature.

Narrative Theory; Eco-criticism.

  • Society of Fellows of the American Academy in Rome
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • 2016, Joseph Brodsky Rome Prize Fellowship in Literature
  • 2015, Mary McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction
  • 2014, Emerging Artist Award
  • 2010, O. Henry Award