Matt Franks, Ph.D.

I'm originally from the northern California coast, and my husband and I have happily settled in rural west Georgia on a beautiful lake in the woods. I love pretty much anything involving the outdoors (especially backpacking in the mountains), learning to play new instruments, and baking sourdough bread.

At UWG, I specialize in 20th-21st century British and postcolonial literatures. My research and teaching focus on intersections between disability, queerness, race, and feminism. I am currently writing a book on the afterlife of eugenics in transatlantic 20th century texts. In this project, I examine how literary depictions of current reproductive politics continue to be overshadowed by eugenics practices of sterilization, institutionalization, and other forms of reproductive control.

  • B.A., Oberlin College, 2003
  • M.A., Humboldt State University, 2008
  • Ph.D., University of California, Davis, 2014

Spring 2023 Sections

Fall 2022 Sections

Summer 2022 Sections

Spring 2022 Sections

Fall 2021 Sections

Spring 2021 Sections

Fall 2020 Sections

Summer 2020 Sections

  • ENGL-6115 (21stC Global Anglophone Lit) Section: E01

Spring 2020 Sections

  • ENGL-2001 (Introduction to Literature) Section: 01
  • ENGL-4384 (Senior Seminar-The90s) Section: 02W

Fall 2019 Sections

  • XIDS-2100 (Intro to Gender Studies) Section: 02
  • ENGL-2190 (Lit by Women: Gender&SciFi) Section: 01
  • ENGL-4002 (BritLitII:PostColonial) Section: 01W
  • ENGL-5002 (Brit Lit II:PostColonial) Section: 01

Summer 2019 Sections

  • ENGL-4002 (Studies in British Lit. II) Section: 01S
  • ENGL-4005 (Studies in AmLit II) Section: 01S
  • ENGL-5002 (Studies in British Lit. II) Section: 01S
  • ENGL-5005 (Studies in American Lit. II) Section: 01S

Spring 2019 Sections

  • XIDS-2100 (Science Fiction) Section: 01
  • ENGL-2120 (British Literature) Section: 01
  • ENGL-3000 (Research and Methodology) Section: 02W

Fall 2018 Sections

  • ENGL-2190 (Literature by Women) Section: 02
  • ENGL-3000 (Research and Methodology) Section: 03W
  • ENGL-4002 (Brit Lit II:20th Century) Section: 01W
  • ENGL-5002 (Brit Lit II:20thCentury) Section: 01

Summer 2018 Sections

  • ENGL-4002 (BritLit II-Postcolonial Anglo) Section: 1DW
  • ENGL-5002 (BritLit II-PostcolonialAnglo) Section: E01

Spring 2018 Sections

  • XIDS-2100 (Intro to Gender Studies) Section: 07
  • ENGL-3000 (Research and Methodology) Section: 02W
  • ENGL-4002 (Brit Lit II-Postcolonial) Section: 01W
  • ENGL-5002 (Brit Lit II-Postcolonial) Section: 01

Fall 2017 Sections

  • XIDS-2100 (Science Fiction) Section: 06
  • ENGL-2120 (British Literature) Section: 03
  • ENGL-4106 (Studies in Genre:Disability) Section: 02W
  • ENGL-5106 (Studies in Genre:Disability) Section: 02

Summer 2017 Sections

  • ENGL-4386 (Internship: APEX Museum) Section: 01

Spring 2017 Sections

  • XIDS-2100 (Sci-fi & Futurism) Section: 02
  • ENGL-3000 (Research and Methodology) Section: 02W
  • ENGL-4384 (Senior Seminar) Section: 01W

Fall 2016 Sections

  • XIDS-2100 (Art of Speculation) Section: 05
  • ENGL-4188 (Individual Authors: Woolf) Section: 01W
  • ENGL-5188 (Individual Authors: Woolf) Section: 01
  • ENGL-6115 (Seminar in British Lit II) Section: 01

Spring 2016 Sections

  • ENGL-1102 (English Composition II) Section: 20
  • ENGL-2120 (British Literature) Section: 2
  • ENGL-4385 (Queer Thry & Fic of Empire) Section: 01W
  • ENGL-5385 (Queer Thry & Fic of Empire) Section: 01

Fall 2015 Sections

  • ENGL-2120 (British Literature-HONORS) Section: 25H
  • ENGL-4155 (Twentieth-Century British Lit) Section: 01W
  • ENGL-5155 (Twentieth-Century British Lit) Section: 01

Franks, Matt. “Crip/Queer Aesthetics of the Great War.” Modern Fiction Studies, 65.1, 2019.

Franks, Matt. “Breeding Aliens, Breeding AIDS: Male Pregnancy, Disability, and Barebacking in ‘Bloodchild.’” In The Matter of Disability: Biopolitics, Materiality, Crip Affect, edited by David Mitchell, Sharon Snyder, and Susan Antebi. University o

Matt Franks. “Serving on the Eugenic Homefront: Virginia Woolf, Race, and Disability.” Feminist Formations, vol. 29, no. 1, Spring 2017, pp. 1–24. [View Publication (PDF)]

Franks, Matt. "Mental Inversion, Modernist Aesthetics, and Disability Exceptionalism in Olive Moore’s Spleen." JML: Journal of Modern Literature 38.1, 2014. [View Publication (PDF)]