Matthew Jarvis received his B.A. from William and Mary and his Ph.D. from the University of California, San Diego under the supervision of Dr. Norman Bryson. He has two areas of specialization: Modern Art History and Film History and Theory with emphasis on Romanticism, aesthetic theory, and cultural history. He was the Dean of Arts and Humanities Curatorial Fellow at UC San Diego, recipient of a Russell Research Award, the Whitaker Speaker in 2012, keynote speaker at the Alabama Film Symposium in 2014, and an inductee into the Bouchet Society for his work in university diversity issues.
Dr. Jarvis is working on a book length manuscript centering around issues of media, hyper-mediation, and the aesthetics of violence. The text will cover a range of topics such as Viennese Actionism, Grand Theft Auto 5, Franko B, and the Luka Magnotta case. Furthermore, he is curating a photo-essay exhibition entitled Physiques of Arte del Fascismo Italiano which contrasts the sculptures of Foro Mussolini with the final films of Pier Paolo Pasolini. Past curatorial efforts have included: Forgotten Heroes (an examination of transgender Civil War soldiers), Andy Warhol: Collected Photographs and Prints, and California Acts Up: Student Protests of the 1960s.