Matthew received his B.A. in Japanese and Chinese Studies in 2006, and an M.A. in Asian Studies in 2009 from the University of California, Santa Barbara. After studying as an MEXT fellow at Waseda University, Matthew joined the EALC in fall, 2012. At present, his research examines various forms of representation in Japanese literati culture in the eighteenth through early twentieth centuries. He is interested in questions concerning the relationship between prose and poetry, the overlap of visual and literary mediums, and the negotiation between the past and the present. Matthew believes that the exploration of such questions will illuminate new ways to think about Japanese modernity and modern subjectivity.