Assistant Professor, is the French language coordinator. He
has a Ph.D. in Romance Languages and Literatures from UC Berkeley.
He earned an M.A. in Philosophy of Religion from Heythrop College
of the University of London, and a M.Div. from the Jesuit School of
Theology at GTU, Berkeley.
After the completion of his doctorate he entered the Jesuits. As a
part of his Jesuit formation he earned an M.A. in Philosophy of
Religion from Heythrop College of the University of London (for
which he wrote a the thesis entitled "A Quest for a Poetics of
Goodness in Plato and Aristotle"), and a M.Div. from the Jesuit
School of Theology at GTU, Berkeley.
During his years of Jesuit formation he also taught Romance
languages and literatures at the University of San Francisco and
Santa Clara University. He did summer internships as an ESL
instructor in China and Poland. He also taught classes at the San
Quentin state prison on "Jesus in the Movies," "Gandhi and Jesus,"
and the Rite of Christian Initiation. A few weeks ago he completed
a pastoral practicum as a chaplain at the Catholic chapel of San
Matthew's current interest focuses on foreign language
pedagogy as a theological reflection on the world's
diversity. He looks for ways in which theology, spirituality, and
culture rather than business might be motivating forces behind the
foreign language curriculum in U.S. liberal arts colleges. As well
as serving as the Coordinator in French for the Department of
Modern and Classical Languages, Matthew also teaches French and
Italian language courses at USF.