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About Matthew D. Sutton

Matthew D. Sutton holds a PhD in American Studies from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. His research interests include Southern literature and culture, Appalachia, autobiography/life writing, popular (and semi-popular) music, and the 1960s. Currently, he is revising his dissertation, Storyville: Discourses in Southern Musicians’ Autobiographies, into a book. Recent essays have been published in Mississippi Quarterly, Popular Music and Society, and the edited volume Country Boys and Redneck Women: New Essays in Gender and Country Music. Forthcoming essays in 2017-2018 will analyze William Faulkner and Ernest Hemingway’s influence on Ken Kesey, soundscapes in U.S. southern literature, and Alcoholics Anonymous/recovery discourse in country-music memoirs. Dr. Sutton has been named a research fellow by the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas, the New Orleans Center for the Gulf South at Tulane University and the Woody Guthrie Archives.


Present Postdoctoral Assistant, Literature and Language, East Tennessee State University Literature and Language, College of Arts and Sciences

Curriculum Vitae


2009 Arts and Sciences Graduate Research Grant
College of William and Mary
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Honors and Awards

  • 2009 - George Whatley Award, Popular Culture Association of the South / Studies in Popular Culture
  • 2009 - BMI Foundation / Woody Guthrie Foundation Fellowship
  • 2011 - Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Research Fellowship in the Humanities, Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas at Austin
  • 2012 - Global South Research Fellowship, New Orleans Center for the Gulf South, Tulane University
  • 2015 - Jerome Stern Award, American Culture Association of the South / Studies in American Culture
  • 2016 - National Endowment for the Humanities, Ernest J. Gaines Summer Scholar Institute, University of Louisiana, Lafayette


  • English 2120 - American Literature II
  • English 1028 - Honors Composition
  • English 1010/1020 - Critical Reading and Expository Writing


2011 PhD, American Studies, College of William and Mary
1999 MA, English, University of Kentucky
1994 BA, English, University of Kentucky

Contact Information

PO Box 70683
Johnson City, TN 37614

Office: 410 Burleson Hall
Phone: (423) 439-7400

Recent Publications (10)

Selected Presentations (8)