Micah Mattix, PhD

Micah Mattix


Office Address: UAC 100
Phone: (336) 982-4946

Assistant Professor of Literature and Writing


  • B.A. in Economics, North Carolina State University
  • M.A. in English, North Carolina State University
  • Dr. des lettres. English, University of Fribourg

Courses Taught

Writing for Wisdom I and II
Great Works of Western Literature I and II
American Literature I and II
Twentieth Century Literature
Contemporary Art Movements

Teaching Focus

Primary interests are in twentieth century American literature, world literature and critical and literary theory. Secondary interests are in colonial American literature and American transcendentalism.


Dr. Mattix's essays and reviews have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The Weekly Standard, First Things and Books & Culture, Touchstone, America, Comment, Octopus, The New Oxford Review, The University Bookman, The American Spectator, Public Discourse, Pleiades, Capital Commentary, The New Ledger, A Smartish Pace, The New Atlantis, and The American Conservative. He has published chapters on Walker Percy and Frank O'Hara and articles in New Literary History and Applied Semiotics, among others. He is the author of Frank O'Hara and the Poetics of Saying 'I' (Rowman and Littlefield and Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2011). He also blogs on occasion at  First Thoughts, The Spectacle, and The City.

Additional Information

Dr. Mattix is a member of the National Book Critics Circle, the Association of Literary Scholars, Critics and Writers and the Modern Language Association. He serves on the Admissions Review Board and the Assessment and Planning Committee. He is also a core advisor.

Prior to joining HBU, he taught at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Yale University. He and his wife have four children and a grouse hunting dog in training.