Matthew Jarvis, Ph.D.

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Matthew Jarvis, Ph.D.
Visiting Assistant Professor of Art History
Aesthetic Theory, Film History, Modern and Contemporary Art History, Horror

Dr. Matthew Jarvis is the art historian in the Department of Art at Nebraska Wesleyan University. Before coming to NWU, Dr. Jarvis held faculty positions at Georgia College, The University of Florida, and Jacksonville State University. He obtained his Ph.D. from the University of California, San Diego under the supervision of Dr. Norman Bryson and Dr. Lesley Stern where his dissertation examined representations of race in art. He is the recipient of a Russell Research Award, the Whitaker Speaker at the University of Maryville, keynote speaker at the Alabama Film Symposium, and an inductee into the Bouchet Society for his work in university diversity issues. Past curatorial efforts include: Andy Warhol: Collected Photographs and Prints; California Acts Up: Student Protests of the 1960s; Forgotten Heroes (an examination of transgender Civil War soldiers featured in The Advocate); Physiques of Arte del Fascismo Italiano; Warhol Re-visited; and American Dreams: 1950s Edition. Currently, he is the curator of Posters that Go Bump in the Night, which is a collaboration with Mad Duck Posters and can be viewed at Elder Gallery. Dr. Jarvis has written several catalogue essays and is a frequent invited speaker on a wide range of aesthetic and filmic topics. His present work is examining horror films in two books: Millennial Monstrosities: The Horrors of a 90s Kid and a monograph on Ti West's The House of the Devil. He is the host of Spooky Evenings, an educational e-program that examines the many facets of the horror genre. 


BA -English and Theatre - William and Mary

Ph.D. - Art History, Theory, and Criticism - University of California, San Diego 

Courses taught

Western Survey

Non Western Survey

Contemporary Art History

History of New Media

Representations of Race in the United States

Archway Seminar: Dracula 

Global Horror Cinema

Formations of Modern Art