Matthew Cole teaches with the Marlboro Institute for Liberal Arts & Interdisciplinary Studies. His research and teaching interests are in social and political philosophy, intellectual history, literature, and environmental studies. He is especially interested in the historical and present imagination of the future, and the way those imaginings shape the terrain of political thought and action. He has written on topics such as Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four, climate change fiction, technocracy, "smart democracy," and the Green New Deal. His scholarship is published or forthcoming in Political Research Quarterly, Environmental Politics, The Review of Politics, and Contemporary Political Theory. He has also written for popular outlets like The Boston Review and The Orwell Foundation. He is currently working on a book manuscript entitled Fear the Future: Dystopia and Political Imagination in the Twentieth Century. He also teaches in the Writing Program at Harvard University, and has previously taught with the Department of Political Science and the Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke University, the Harvard Summer School, the Duke Talent Identification Program, and the Carleton Summer Writing Program.
- Department Marlboro Institute for Liberal Arts & Interdisciplinary Studies
- Since 2022
Ph.D., Duke University