Matthew Feinberg

Assistant Professor
Ph.D., University of Kentucky

Matthew Feinberg

Matthew FeinbergAssistant Professor

Ph.D., University of Kentucky
M.A., Colorado State University
M.A., B.A., Middlebury College

Dr. Matthew Feinberg teaches a range of classes focused on the language, literatures and cultures of the Spanish-speaking world. Drawing on his interdisciplinary background teaching foreign languages, literature and rhetoric and composition, Feinberg helps students explore the many ways in which language shapes our experience of the world and increases students’ sensitivity to language—its utility, its beauty and its power. Feinberg believes that the path to successful second-language acquisition comes through building cultural competence as well as a structural command of the language. It is his hope that when students leave his classes and the details of the course begin to fade into the reading lists of the next semester, the palimpsest that remains will be an attention to language and its potential to connect them to the world personally, intellectually and professionally. 

Working at the intersection of literary studies and cultural geography, Feinberg’s research focuses on the literatures and cultures of twentieth- and twenty-first century Spain. He studies dramatic texts, performance spaces, urban planning documents and urban social movements to sketch the physical and imaginary contours of contemporary Spanish culture focusing in particular on Madrid in the early twenty-first century. His current book project studies the role of theater in struggles over gentrification in Madrid’s iconic Lavapiés neighborhood between the years 2000 to 2011. His work has been published in the Journal of Spanish Cultural Studies, The Journal of Urban Cultural Studies, The International Journal of Iberian Studies, Romance Quarterly, Ometeca, ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment and The Journal for the Assembly on Expanded Perspectives on Learning.

As a native of the east side of Cleveland, he enjoys working to connect his classroom at BW with the city of Cleveland and make students’ academic work resonate with their lives personally and professionally.