About Me

Hi! My name is Matthew John Phillips, and I’m a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of English at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. I research nineteenth-century British literature, the theory and history of the novel, and formalisms. In my dissertation, I examine the logical relations of social being and belonging by focusing on four kinds of literary relations: singularity, exceptionality, exemplarity, and referentiality.

Recently, I was a Fellow for the Modern Language Associations’s Connected Academics Career Bootcamp, and I offered my thoughts on the experience in a blog post entitled, “Toward a More Generous Future.” In the recent past, I was a Graduate Fellow for the Center for Cultural Analysis interdisciplinary research seminar on the topic of “Totality.” In addition, I was a Jacob K. Javits Fellow for the Department of Education from 2011–15.

Much of my free time is invested in weight lifting, photography, and fiber arts. I am also very interested in food ethics and animal rights, and I have been a practicing vegan since 2014. I live in Philadelphia, PA, with my husband and our husky companion.

You can write to me at matthew.john.phillips@gmail.com. I also tweet under @mjphillips.

Last updated: June 2018