Matthew Manson

Associate Professor (Teaching) of
Pronouns He / Him / His Email Office JEF 150 Office Phone (213) 740-1980


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
    • Graduate level courses in screenwriting, USC Cinema School, 2008-2009
  • Research, Teaching, Practice, and Clinical Appointments

    • Associate Professor (Teaching), University of Southern California, Spring 2008
  • Summary Statement of Research Interests

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

    • Feature Film, “Cat Run 2” co-written feature film produced by Universal Entertainment., 2014-2015
    • 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
  • Committees

    • 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
    • Chair, Writing Program Professional Development Committee, 2010-2011
    • Co-Chair, Composition Theory Working Group, 2010-2011
    • Member, Writing Program Director’s Advisory 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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