Matt Brim

Professor of Queer Studies at the College of Staten Island and Affiliate Faculty in Women’s and Gender Studies at the Graduate Center, CUNY

Matt Brim teaches LGBTQ studies at CUNY. He writes about queer-class-race intersections in literature and in higher education. He is the author of POOR QUEER STUDIES: CONFRONTING ELITISM IN THE UNIVERSITY (2020) and JAMES BALDWIN AND THE QUEER IMAGINATION (2014). He is co-editor of IMAGINING QUEER METHODS (2019).



Academic Interests

  • Queer Studies

  • Queer Pedagogy

  • Queer Theory

  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Literature

  • James Baldwin


  • Ph.D., Indiana University, 2004
  • B.A., Wabash College, 1994; summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa


Professor of Queer Studies, English, College of Staten Island
Affiliated Faculty, Women’s and Gender Program, CUNY Graduate Center



Special Issues of Journals

  • Queer Methods. Coedited with Amin Ghaziani. Special issue of WSQ: Women’s Studies Quarterly, vol. 44, no. 3-4, 2016.

Peer-Reviewed Articles

  • “Poor Queer Studies: Class, Race, and the Field.” Journal of Homosexuality, special issue: “25 Years On: The State and Continuing Development of LGBTQ Studies Programs.” Nov. 7, 2018.

  • Introduction. With Amin Ghaziani. Queer Methods, special issue of WSQ: Women’s Studies Quarterly, vol. 44, no. 3-4, 2016, pp. 14-27.

  • “Queer Pedagogical Desire: A Study Guide.” WSQ: Women’s Studies Quarterly 41.3-4 (Fall/Winter 2013): 173-189.

  • “James Baldwin’s Queer Utility.” ANQ: A Journal of Short Articles, Notes, and Reviews 24.4 (2011): 209-216.

  •  “Papas’ Baby: Impossible Paternity in Going to Meet the Man.” Journal of Modern Literature 30:1 (2006): 173-198.

Book Chapters

  • With Amin Ghaziani. “Queer Methods: Four Provocations for an Emerging Field.” In Imagining Queer Methods. Eds. Amin Ghaziani and Matt Brim. New York University Press, 2019.

  • “Counternarratives: A Black Queer Reader.” In Imagining Queer Methods. Eds. Amin Ghaziani and Matt Brim. New York University Press, 2019.

  • “After Queer Baldwin.” In After Queer Studies: Literature, Theory and Sexuality in the 21st Century. Eds. Tyler Bradway and E.L. McCallum. Cambridge University Press, 2019. 87-101.

  • “Teaching the Touching Text; or, How to Lay ‘Hands’ on Your Students.” The Hand of the Interpreter: Essays on Meaning after Theory. Eds. G.F. Mitrano and Eric Jarosinski. Cultural Interactions: Studies in the Relationships between the Arts. Ser. 3. New York: Peter Lang Pub., 2009. 135-150.


Other Publications

  • Review of LGBTQ Politics: A Critical Reader, edited by Marla Brettschneider, Susan Burgess, and Christine Keating. Coauthored with Melissa Maldanado-Salcedo. Teachers College Record, 2018.

  • “Editors’ Note.” With Cynthia Chris. WSQ: Women’s Studies Quarterly 44.1-2 (Spring/Summer 2016): 9-13.

  • “Editors’ Note.” With Cynthia Chris. WSQ: Women’s Studies Quarterly 43.3-4 (Fall/Winter 2015): 9-13.

  • “Editors’ Note.” With Cynthia Chris. WSQ: Women’s Studies Quarterly 43.1-2 (Spring/Summer 2015): 9-13.

  • “Larry Mitchell: Novelist of New York Gay Life.” Obituary. The Gay and Lesbian Review Worldwide 20.3 (2013): 11.

  • “Edmund White and Rakesh Satyal Headline First Kessler Conversation of the Year.” CLAGS (Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies) Newsletter (Spring 2012): 6.

  • “The Problems with ‘Post-Gay.'” With Amin Ghaziani. Sexual Behavior, Politics, and Communities Division Newsletter of the Society for the Study of Social Problems (Fall 2011): 2-3, 8-9.

  • Mitchell, Larry. Interview. “Larry Mitchell, Novelist of the Dispossessed.” The Gay and Lesbian Review Worldwide 16.4 (2009): 34-5.

  • “The LGBTQ Short Story.”  LGBTQ America Today. Ed. John Hawley. Westport, CT: Greenwood Publishing Group, 2008. 1131-1137.

  • STACS: Strategies to Acquire Composition Skills. With Ted Leahey, Michele Satchwell, and Doug Estell. Bloomington, IN: PDK, 2004.