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Matthew Towles

Professor of English


(434) 592-4813


A graduate of Liberty University, Dr. Matthew Towles has taught English at Liberty since 2007. Before coming back to Liberty, Dr. Towles taught at every level, from elementary school through high school to college.



  • Ph.D. in English University of Kentucky
  • M.A. in English Longwood College
  • B.A. in English Liberty University


Teaching and Research Interests

  • Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century American Literature
  • Faith and Literature
  • Regional Fiction
  • Composition/Rhetoric


  • “Si Se Puede: Liberation Theology and Barack Obama’s Presidential Campaign.” Blue Collar Pop Culture. Ed. M. Keith Booker. Santa Barbara: Praeger, 2012.
  • “Houston A. Baker, Jr.”  The Encyclopedia of Literary and Cultural Theory. Vol 1 Ed. Gregory Castle. Indianapolis: Wiley-Blackwell, 2009.
  • “Desire and Death: Jefferson’s Journal Toward Sacred Manhood in A Lesson Before Dying” Literature and the Sacred. Brigham Young University, October 2010.
  • “At the end of Rahab’s Cord: Post-Reconstruction Politics in A Fool’s Errand” “Hebrew Melodies: The Old Testament as Literature: The Old Testament in Literature”: Southeast Conference on Christianity and Literature. Lookout Mountain, Georgia, April 2009
  • “‘A Serviceable Guide’: A Study of the Articles of Faith and Mormon Americanization” “Politics and Propaganda”: Nineteenth-Century Studies Association Conference. Miami, Florida, April 2008
  • “Take Care of Yourself, James”: The Sacrifice for Self-love in Ernest Gaine’s Of Love and Dust” National Association of African-American Studies Conference. Baton Rouge, Louisiana, February 2008
  • “Governance and Becoming a Slave in Colonial New England.” Fourth Annual Cultural Studies Association (U.S.A.) Conference. Washington, D.C., April 2006
  • A Slave Girl’s Story and Kate Drumgoold’s Struggle for a Voice.” Southwest/Texas Popular Culture & American Culture Associations Conference. Albuquerque, New Mexico, February 2006
  • “The Written Word and the Pen in Hand: Violet’s Pilgrimage to Wholeness in ‘The Ugliest Pilgrim.'” Twentieth-Century Literature & Culture Conference. Louisville, KY, February 2006


Community Service

  • Elder at Blue Ridge Community Church
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