Matt is originally from the Baltimore, MND area and graduated from Amherst with a double major in History and Spanish. After graduating from Amherst, Matt spent two years in Oakland, California where he worked for Asylum Access, a human rights organization that helps refugees around the world. In the fall of 2019, Matt will return to the San Francisco Bay Area once again to pursue a PhD in History at Stanford University.
During his junior year at Amherst, Matt studied abroad in Santiago, Chile, where he completed an independent research project. Matt conducted interviews in Spanish with members of Santiago's immigrant community who hailed from the Dominican Republic and Haiti. His research explored the linguistic, social, and racial barriers experienced by these Caribbean migrants as they rebuilt their lives in Chile, a country that has surged as a destination for immigration in the Western hemisphere in recent years. Matt's investigations in Chile have deeply shaped his research interest in graduate school. At Stanford, he hopes to continue exploring questions of race, diaspora, travel and migration through the history of the United States, Latin America, and the Caribbean.
Matt continues to practice his Spanish by reading Latin American novels and keeping in touch with the friends he has made during his travels abroad. While he trains as a historian, Matt intends to use his Spanish to explore the archives of Latin American countries rather than rely on translations.