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Matthew Manson

Associate Professor (Teaching) of Writing

Contact Information
Phone: (213) 740-1980
Office: JEF 150

Curriculum Vitae
Personal Website

Biographical Sketch

A graduate of UC Berkeley and USC, Matt Manson is an Associate Professor of Writing Instruction and a creative writer. His creative work includes novels and screenplays in a variety of genres and approaches. His scholarly interests include American Modernism, philosophy, science fiction, gender relations, war and criminality in American culture. He is currently represented by Caliber Media Group.  


B.A. Double Major in English (with Honors) and Classics, University of California Berkeley
Ph.D. English Lit, University of Southern California

Postdoctoral Training

Graduate level courses in screenwriting, USC Cinema School, 2008-2009   

Academic Appointment, Affiliation, and Employment History

Associate Professor (Teaching), University of Southern California, Spring 2008   

Description of Research

Summary Statement of Research Interests

I continue to research and write creatively on topics related to American culture, film, and literature.

Multimedia Scholarship and Creative Works

Feature Film, "Cat Run 2" co-written feature film produced by Universal Entertainment., 2014-2015   

Honors and Awards

Semifinalist in the 2011 Nicholl Fellowship for Screenwriting, 2011-2012  
USC or School/Dept Award for Teaching, Advanced Writing Teaching Award, 2010-2011   
Semifinalist in the 2009 Nicholl Fellowship for Screenwriting, 2009-2010   

Service to the University


Member, Member Writing Program's Merit Review Committee, Fall 2015   
Member, Writing Program's Mentoring Committee, 2014-2015   
Member, Graduate Schools’ Teaching Fellowship Task Force committee, Spring 2015   
Chair, Writing Program Merit Review Committee, 2012-2013   
Member, Writing Program Personnel Committee, 2011-2012   
Member, Writing Program Writing 501 Syllabus Committee, Fall 2011   
Co-Chair, Composition Theory Working Group, 2010-2011   
Member, Writing Program Director's Advisory Committee, 2010-2011   
Chair, Writing Program Professional Development Committee, 2010-2011   
Member, Writing Program Faculty Advisory Committee, 2009-2010   

Other Service to the University

Letters of Recommendation. I continue to write letters of recommendations for graduate school and dual and progressive degree programs for writing students. I write on average about thirty letters a year., 2015-2016   
Capstone Mentoring. For the last two years, I have been mentoring Critical Studies majors through their final capstone projects, so far two feature length screenplays. It has required the development of a semester-long screenwriting tutorial. , 2014-2015  
Teaching Observations. As part of the mentoring, merit review and promotional committee responsibilities, I have conducted numerous teaching observations for colleagues., 2014-2015   
Judge for the Writing Program Writer’s Conference Creative Writing Category., Spring 2015   
Chaired a panel discussion at the English Department's annual Conference. Chaired a panel discussion at The Writing Porgram's annual Undergraduate Writing Conference. Continues to write numerous letters of recommendation for students entering graduate school/law school/grants/scholarship programs. , 2009-2010   
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