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Matthew Wynn Sivils

Professor of American Literature, Iowa State University

Matthew Wynn Sivils is Liberal Arts and Sciences Dean’s Professor of American Literature at Iowa State University, where he also directs the Center for Excellence in the Arts and Humanities.

Among other books, he has published the monograph American Environmental Fiction, 1782–1847 (Routledge, 2014), an edition of Harriet Prescott Spofford’s Gothic novel, Sir Rohan’s Ghost (Anthem, 2020); the critical anthology, Ecogothic in Nineteenth-Century American Literature (with Dawn Keetley, Routledge, 2017); and an edition of Paul Errington’s Of Wilderness and Wolves (University of Iowa Press, 2015).

Sivils’s articles have appeared in various critical anthologies as well as scholarly journals such as ANQ, Literature and Medicine, Nathaniel Hawthorne Review, Southern Quarterly, Studies in American Fiction, and Western American Literature. He recently guest-edited a special, double-issue of Studies in American Fiction on the ecogothic in American literature.


  • –present
    Professor of American Literature, Iowa State University


  • 2006 
    Oklahoma State University, PhD, English