Degrees: Ph.D., The Ohio State University
Matthew graduated Summa Cum Laude with a B.A. in French and history from Baldwin-Wallace College in 2002. At BW, Matthew minored in political science and served as secretary and then president of the French Club. He went on to earn a Master’s in History at Kent State University in 2004 and a Ph.D. in History from the Ohio State University in 2009.
Although born at Fort Belvoir Army Hospital in Quantico, Virginia, Matthew lived most of his life in Parma, Ohio. Parma is the largest suburb of Cleveland. More recently, he moved to Ashland, the self-proclaimed “World Headquarters of Nice People.” A fellow of the International Napoleonic Society and a member of various other historical organizations, Matthew has won contests with, read on the radio, presented at conferences, and published in newspapers and other forms of print articles, letters, poems, and short stories. He is currently studying The Roman Empire and European History from 1600 to 1945, with an emphasis on Napoleonic France, while teaching adjunct courses for Ashland University and Kent State University at Stark, in addition to JCU. At JCU Matthew has taught Western Civilization, World Geography, Greco-Persian Wars, European Revolutions, Seminar: Readings on Medieval/Early modern Europe, Special Topic: Empires of the Ancient World, Special Topic: Supernatural in Western Civilization,
In addition Matthew is the faculty adviser to John Carroll University’s award-winning and student-led Paranormal Research Group. At JCU, he recently received approval to teach a new linked course on the Supernatural in Modern History beginning in Spring 2018.