Portrait of Derek F. DiMattteo
Derek F. DiMatteo is Associate Instructor of English, Managing Editor of Africa Today, and PhD Candidate in the Department of English at Indiana University Bloomington.

Associate Instructor of English

In the fall of 2019, I'm teaching "Immigrants, Refugees, and Returnees" through the Lifelong Learning program. The course will feature woork by Mohsin Hamid, Viet Thanh Nguyen, Jhumpa Lahiri, Caryl Phillips, and Teju Cole. Through their stories, we will explore what it means to migrate someplace new, how migration challenges and strains people’s ties to the lands left behind, the function of memory and forgetting, and the difficulty of going “home” again.

Managing Editor of Africa Today

In addition to managing the day-to-day operations of the journal, I coordinate the production process, work with authors during the copyediting and page proof stages, field author and reviewer inquiries, provide manuscript status updates to authors, and serve as a liaison between authors/reviewers and the editorial board.

PhD Candidate

My dissertation, "Academic Dissent: Higher Education Protest Literature, 1985-2015," examines cultural works—ranging from films to sculptures—that protest against the corporatization of US higher education institutions, focusing particularly on representations of academic capitalism in these works. My work is in the Departments of English and American Studies. I expect to graduate in May 2020.

Critical Ethnic Studies Symposium

I am one of the co-organizers of the symposium and the coordinator of its graduate student workshop. The 2019 symposium examined the conjunctures of nationalism, borders, and personhood through interdisciplinary lenses on dissent, social movement, ideological restriction or contestation, and state violence.

Derek F. DiMatteo

Curriculum Vitae (CV)

Updated August 2019


Indiana University Bloomington
PhD    English Literature with minor in American Studies, 2020
Dissertation: “Academic Dissent: Higher Education Protest Literature, 1985-2015”
MA      English Literature, 2014

Tufts University
MAT    English Education, 2002
Teaching Licensure, Grades 8–12, Massachusetts Dept. of Education

Wesleyan University
BA       English Literature, 1997


Indiana University Bloomington
Managing Editor, Africa Today, a premier journal in the field of African Studies, 2019–2020
Instructor, Lifelong Learning, IU Alumni Association, 2019–2020
Teaching Fellow, Department of English, 2018–2019
Associate Instructor, Department of English, 2013–2018

Lakeland University Japan
Instructor of General Studies, 2010–2012
Instructor of Continuing Education, 2010
Instructor of English for Academic Purposes, 2008–2010
Adjunct Professor of Writing, 2008–2009
Coordinator of the Faculty Development Committee, 2009–2012.
Coordinator of the Joint Faculty Development Initiative between Lakeland University and Tama University, 2011–2012.
Assessment Coordinator for Japan Campus, University Assessment Committee, Lakeland University, Wisconsin, 2009–2012.


Complete CV is available by request
from (dfdimatt) at indiana (dot) edu.

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