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Matthew Bruen

Dr. Matt Steven Bruen

Associate Professor of English, Chair, Department of Literature and Languages -

(706) 379-5262

Dr. Matthew Steven Bruen joined the Young Harris College faculty in 2014. His first book, Keeper of Lost Places, is under contract with Rothco Press, with an expected release date of Spring 2023. Currently, he is authoring essays on such diverse topics as Edward Snowden’s post-whistleblowing career, the forgotten history of slavery in the Northern United States, and the influence of the philosopher Spinoza on the development of early American literature and culture. When he isn’t teaching, writing, or raising his two daughters, Dr. Bruen enjoys fly fishing for trout on the many beautiful streams of the Blue Ridge Mountains. 


  • Ph.D. English and American Literature, New York University
  • M.A. English and American Literature, New York University
  • B.A. English, Religion, Bucknell University
Areas of Teaching Specialties/Research Interests: 
  • Early American Literature and Culture
  • Nineteenth-century Book History
  • Ecocriticism
  • Place Theory
  • Environmental Cinema