Matthew Paproth

Dr. Matthew Paproth

Associate Professor of English

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Dr. Matt Paproth received his Ph.D. from Southern Illinois University (SIU) Carbondale in 2006 and worked as a Marion L. Brittain Postdoctoral Fellow at Georgia Tech from 2007-2010. In 2010, Paproth joined the faculty at GGC, where he teaches composition and British literature courses. His thematic composition courses have covered topics such as writing rock and roll, eating ethically, postmodernist revision, and James Joyce’s Ulysses. He has published essays on the writing of Samuel Beckett and Zadie Smith, and he has delivered conference presentations on Irish rock music, the TV series Veronica Mars, the writing of Jonathan Safran Foer, and the films Once, Beckett on Film, and U2:3D.


  • Doctorate – English – Southern Illinois University Carbondale
  • Master's – English – Southern Illinois University Carbondale
  • Bachelor's – English and secondary education – McKendree College

Academic Interests

  • 20th Century British literature
  • Postmodernist and modernist fiction
  • Victorian literature
  • Digital pedagogy
  • Popular culture


  • “‘Noman’ No More: Reconsidering Beckett,” in Drama and the Postmodern: Assessing the Limits of Metatheatre, ed. Daniel Jernigan.
  • “The Flipping Coin: The Modernist and Postmodernist Zadie Smith,” in Zadie Smith: Critical Essays, ed. Tracey Walters.


  • Award for Excellence in Pedagogy, Writing and Communication Program, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2009
  • Doctoral Graduate Fellowship, Southern Illinois University Carbondale, 2001-2003
  • Master’s Graduate Fellowship, Southern Illinois University Carbondale, 2000-2001

Professional Affiliations

  • Modern Language Association
  • National Council of Teachers of English
  • American Conference of Irish Studies
  • Society for Cinema and Media Studies